The importance of oral health as a component of comprehensive health has received well-deserved national attention.1 A healthy and pain-free mouth supports good nutrition and the ability to sleep and focus at school or work. The physician needs only a medical pen light, tongue blade, and gauze to conduct a concise oral examination that can be instrumental in helping patients to maintain their overall health (see video produced by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research).2 A 5-minute oral examination could help physicians not only recognize poor oral health but also detect clues to seemingly unrelated health issues.
Lee JS, Somerman MJ. The Importance of Oral Health in Comprehensive Health Care. JAMA. 2018;320(4):339–340. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.19777
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