Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice report (PDF - 244 KB) 03/31/2014
The Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice initiative strives to improve access to early detection and preventive interventions by expanding oral health clinical competency of primary care clinicians, leading to improved oral health.
The initiative comprises three inter-related components:
This Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice report describes these three components and makes the following recommendations:
It is anticipated that the report and its recommendations serve as guiding principles and provide a framework for the design of a competency-based, interprofessional practice model to integrate oral health and primary care.
Lack of access to basic dental services contributes to profound and enduring oral health disparities in the United States.
Millions of children and adults do not receive needed clinical and preventive dental services.
In 2011, 6.1 percent of children and 16.4 percent of adults under the age of 65, did not receive needed dental care because their families could not afford it.
Children are only one of the many vulnerable and underserved populations that face persistent, systemic barriers to accessing oral health care.
Considerations for Oral Health Integration in Primary Care Practice for Children (PDF - 1.9 MB) HRSA, 2012
Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations (PDF - 3.3 MB) Institute of Medicine, 2011
Advancing Oral Health in America (PDF - 1.4 MB) Institute of Medicine, 2011
National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health (PDF - 477 KB) Surgeon General, 2003