Medicine and dentistry: shall ever the twain meet?

Sen Gupta, Tarun, and Stuart, Jackie (2020) Medicine and dentistry: shall ever the twain meet? Australian Journal of General Practice, 49 (9). pp. 544-548.

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Background: Oral health and general medical health are intimately linked. However, medical and dental practitioners often work in isolation from each other and have separate training, funding, regulatory and administrative systems.

Objective: The aim of this article is to explore the history behind the divide between medicine and dentistry, and the challenges this raises.

Discussion: The siloed nature of the two professional groups may be attributed to historical backgrounds, deficiencies in interdisciplinary education, government funding discrepancies and differing models of care. The two professions have evolved with different social drivers and scientific underpinnings, with only a recent appreciation of the many connections between the health of the mouth and the health of the body. Solutions to overcome this divide should be considered in order to ensure better outcomes for patients, the community and perhaps the professions themselves.

Item ID: 64452
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2208-7958
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2020
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 07:30
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3203 Dentistry > 320399 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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