There is a long line of evidence supporting the impact of oral health on overall health and vice versa. However, in clinical practice, the mouth often remains separate from the body. In this presentation, we will review some of the available evidence covering the impact of oral health on overall health. We will also review research that shows the importance of the integration of oral health in primary care and overall health in dentistry. Finally, we review programs that have successfully promoted that integration.
• Objective 1: Understand the impact of oral health on overall health.
• Objective 2: Understand how the integration of oral health into primary care, and vice versa, leads to better outcomes.
• Objective 3: Review programs that have demonstrated past success in oral health integration.
Dr. Eric P. Tranby is the Manager of Data and Impact in the Analytics and Evaluation team at the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, where he responsible for overseeing data architecture, supporting efforts related to descriptive and predictive analytics using data from dental and medical claims and electronic health records, and guiding provider and patient survey efforts. His current research projects include the use of large healthcare claims databases to understand the impact of oral health on overall health and assess the impact of innovative clinical care models on oral health disparities. He has a MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He has authored more than two dozen scientific papers and numerous reports in a variety of fields.