Are dentists interested in the oral-systemic disease connection?
Dentists in the U.S. see an increasing number of patients with systemic conditions. These patients are challenging to treat when the relationship between oral and systemic disease is not well understood. The dominance of professional isolation exacerbates the problem due to the difficulty in finding expert advice or peer support. This study intended to: identify whether dentists discuss the oral-systemic connection and what aspects they discuss; understand perceptions of dentists and attitudes toward the connection; and to determine what information dentists need to treat patients with systemic conditions.
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