My Turn: What we need is better oral health education

For the past couple of years there have been multiple articles concerning access to dental care and the pros and cons of the addition of a mid-level provider to the dental professional team.

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By Dr. Richard A. Berryman
April 8, 2013

ppngFor the past couple of years there have been multiple articles concerning access to dental care and the pros and cons of the addition of a mid-level provider to the dental professional team. These arguments deal only with the qualifications and legal scope of practice of those who diagnosis and treat dental diseases, both tooth decay and periodontal disease, as well as the costs.

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What has been completely ignored is that dental diseases are 95 percent preventable with proper daily oral hygiene practices, a healthy diet, fluoridation of public water supplies and appropriately timed application of dental sealants and fluoride varnish.

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