Connecting oral and medical care can improve patient health

January 30th, 2014

An increasing number of studies connect oral health with overall well-being. However, dental clinics and other health care facilities remain siloed. By introducing dental enterprise software into dental facilities, oral health professionals will have a greater opportunity to connect with hospitals and other practices to ensure the wellness of all patients.

Because many diseases have oral symptoms, more than 120 medical conditions can be detected by dentists in early stages, according to Delta Dental. Bleeding gums, ulcers, bad breath and other symptoms can be an indication of ill health. By paying close attention to oral care, dentists may be able to determine which patients are at risk of developing certain life threatening illnesses.

According to an article in Dentistry IQ, more oral care professionals are advocating for a link between dentistry and medicine. By combining the expertise of physicians and dentists, patient care can be enhanced. With the technology that is now available, this kind of connection is easier than ever before.

When practices utilize dental software, they are more on top of patient data, and therefore able to be more vigilant about individual health care. In addition, digital files can be sent with greater ease than paper-based documents, so interaction between dental offices and external facilities can be much more efficient.

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