Oral health assessments provide significant benefits to any practice; saves time, enhances care and improves patient-provider communication.
Beginning in early childhood, tooth decay is the most common chronic illness directly linked to daily habits, childcare practices and lifestyle. Identifiable habits can lead to oral illness. With age, poor oral health is linked to common chronic health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illness.* Poor oral health can severely impact the quality of life for people who suffer from chronic illness.*
Good oral health habits help improve and sustain overall health for your patients.* Oral health assessments are a reliable method for caregivers and patients to monitor and track their (family’s) oral health over time, promote regular dental visits, and stress the value of good oral health care as an essential part of a patient’s general health and wellness.
* Surgeon General's Oral Health Report (2000)
** Centers for Disease Control and American Association of Pediatrics Oral Health Risk Assessment Policy Statement (2003)