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Oral health is an important part of systemic health that is often overlooked by patients due to various barriers to dental care. Dental caries is a public health crisis and one of the most common chronic diseases globally. Poor oral health and the resulting inflammation caused by oral bacteria is associated with cardiovascular disease, pregnancy complications, poor glycemic control in diabetes mellitus, and many more conditions. The goal of this project is to increase dental health screening in the primary care setting and to provide a list of affordable dental clinics in Vermont that take Medicaid/ Medicare and offer sliding scale payment options. With increased dental health screening in primary care offices, the hope is to detect dental pathology earlier on in the disease course and connect patients with dental clinics that provide affordable dental care.

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Family Medicine - South Burlington


dental health screening, primary care, oral health, systemic health, Vermont

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Medical Education | Primary Care

Improving Dental Health Screening in the  Primary Care Setting