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To Your Health: NLM update Transcript

Dental health screening by physicians?: 07/16/2018

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I'm Rob Logan, Ph.D., senior staff, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Here is what's new this week in To Your Health, a consumer health-oriented podcast from NLM, that helps you use MedlinePlus to follow up on weekly topics.

Physicians are encouraged to screen their patient's dental health within an interesting viewpoint recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

The viewpoint's two authors write (and we quote):'To meet the challenges of widespread dental diseases, oral health examinations should be implemented in multiple venues beyond dental practices and clinics' (end of quote). The viewpoint's authors explain physicians have an important role in oral health by providing evaluations and referrals to dentists.

The authors write (and we quote): 'The integration of dental and medical health care is critical for people of all ages' (end of quote). The authors add (and we quote): 'A healthy and pain-free mouth supports good nutrition and the ability to sleep and focus at school or work' (end of quote).

Moreover, the authors explain that the early detection of dental diseases fosters their timely management and improves a patient's quality of life.

Interestingly, the authors explain that routine visits to a doctor or a dentist office often reverses with age. While the authors note young people frequently are seen more by a pediatrician than a pediatric dentist, the opposite occurs for older adults. For example, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey suggests adults after age 65 are about twice as likely to see a dentist as a physician.

Overall, the authors (who are from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health) strongly suggest (and we quote): 'A 5-minute oral examination could help physicians recognize poor oral health but also detect clues to seemingly unrelated health issues' (end of quote). The authors note the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recently produced a video to help physicians screen for dental health challenges.

Meanwhile, tips for you to keep your mouth and teeth healthy (from the American Academy of Family Physicians) are available within the 'start here' section of MedlinePlus.gov's dental health health topic page.

The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research helps you brush up on dental care basics also within the 'start here' section of MedlinePlus.gov's dental health health topic page.

Links to the latest pertinent journal research articles about dental health are available in the 'journal articles' section of MedlinePlus.gov's dental health health topic page. Links to dental health clinical trials that may be occurring in your area also are available in the 'clinical trials' section.

To find MedlinePlus.gov's dental health health topic page, please type 'dental health' in the search box on MedlinePlus.gov's home page, then, click on 'dental health (National Library of Medicine).' MedlinePlus.gov also contains health topic pages on dental care for adults, and related topics such as tooth decay and gum disease.

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