"Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care" was published by Qualis Health with support from the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation and the REACH Healthcare Foundation.
Oral disease has been a hidden threat to our overall health and wellbeing for decades. Its important to have a focus on oral issues, because oral problems (gum disease, dental decay) are preventable. This is a chronic disease that we haven't fully paid attention to for a long time. And, there is something everyone on the health team can do in the fight for good oral health.
Nursing is key in the move to improve access to oral health services. There are 3.1 million nurses in the United States. If every nurse took up the cause of oral health, there would be that many more eyes and ears on the issue and that can make an extraordinary difference in screening, intervention and the total health of the body and the person. Nurses can change the playing field in terms of access, opening up a new world of possibilities for oral health.
Initiative activities are made possible as a result of funding from the
DentaQuest Foundation, the Washington Dental Service Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation, and the Reach Healthcare Foundation.