Collaborative treatment between Doctors&Dentists
Why Doctors should refer their patients to dentists: Promoting comprehensive Healthcare

Dr. Regina Unusov
Collaborative treatment
between doctors & dentists

It takes more than one provider to ensure the overall health of a patient. Collaboration between dentists and doctors is essential for comprehensive patient care. Oral health is closely linked to overall well-being, impacting conditions like heart disease and diabetes. By combining their expertise, dentists and doctors can develop integrated treatment plans that address both oral and general health concerns. This collaborative approach emphasizes preventive measures and early intervention, leading to improved health outcomes and quality of life for patients.
When to Refer to a Dentist?

Dentists screen for underlaying medical conditionals during exams and refer to doctors. Screening for dental concerns during physicals could get ahead of oral health problems early, and prevent additional harm to the patient.

● Patient does not have a regular dentist

● Patient has not seen a dentist in the last six months

● Patient's dental office does not do diagnoses

Systematic Risks of Poor Oral Health
Poor oral health and not having dental exams and cleanings every six months can result in systematic health problems. Without the oral problem being addressed, the systematic problems can continue to worsen despite the medical treatment of the systems.
  • Cardiovascular Issues
    Studies have shown a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. The inflammation of the gums can contribute to systematic inflammation, including in the cardiovascular system.
  • Respiratory Infections
    Poor oral health can lead to the inhalation of bacteria from the mouth into the lungs, increasing the risk of respiratory infections, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems.
  • Increased Risk of Cancer
    Observational studies have shown that those with severe gum disease have and increased risk of developing cancer even beyond the oral cavity.
  • High Blood Sugar
    It’s been found that tissue inflammation caused by oral bacteria can lead to the weakening of a body's natural ability to create and utilize insulin to control blood sugar.

  • Erectile Dysfunction
    Men with periodontitis are two times more likely to have erectile dysfunction. Those with severe periodontitis can be over three times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction.
Why is it important to consider referring your patients to dentists?
  • Oral Health Impacts Overall Health
    Numerous studies have demonstrated the link between oral health and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. By addressing oral health issues promptly, dentists can help mitigate the risk factors associated with these conditions and improve overall health outcomes for patients.
  • Early Detection of Systemic Conditions
    During routine dental examinations, dentists may identify early signs of systemic conditions that manifest in the oral cavity. For example, oral lesions, gum inflammation, or changes in saliva composition can be indicators of underlying health issues such as oral cancer, diabetes, or autoimmune disorders. By referring patients to dentists for regular check-ups, doctors can facilitate early detection and intervention, leading to better management of these conditions.
  • Management of Chronic Diseases
    Patients with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, may benefit from specialized dental care tailored to their unique needs. Dentists can provide guidance on oral hygiene practices, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle modifications that support overall health and complement medical treatments. Collaborative care between doctors and dentists can lead to more comprehensive disease management and improved quality of life for patients.
  • Medication-Related Oral Health Concerns
    Certain medications prescribed by doctors can have adverse effects on oral health, such as dry mouth, gum inflammation, or increased risk of dental caries. Dentists can educate patients about these potential side effects and provide preventive measures to minimize their impact. Additionally, dentists can collaborate with doctors to adjust medication regimens or explore alternative treatment options when necessary to maintain optimal oral health.
  • Enhancing Patient Outcomes
    By integrating dental care into the overall healthcare plan, doctors can support holistic approaches to patient care and enhance treatment outcomes. Addressing oral health concerns in conjunction with medical interventions can lead to improved patient compliance, reduced healthcare costs, and better long-term health outcomes.
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Benefits of Collaborative Referrals
Synergistic Healthcare Approach: The Multifaceted Benefits of Dentists and Doctors Collaborating for Patient Wellbeing
Holistic Care
Understanding the
interconnections between
oral health and overall health
contributes to a more
complete picture of the
patient's well-being.
Early Dectection
Early detection allows for timely referral to medical professionals, potentially facilitating early intervention and better management of the medical condition.
Effective Treatment
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Risk Reduction
Identifying risk factors in the oral cavity and addressing them collaboratively can contribute to preventive measures for both dental and systemic health issues.
Reduced Costs
Management of medical conditions in their early stages may lead to lower healthcare costs in the long run with more cost-effective measures available.
Patient Satisfaction
Coordinated care can lead to a more positive patient experience, fostering trust and satisfaction with the healthcare team.
Better Together

Collaboration between dentists and doctors is crucial for comprehensive patient care and holistic health management. Oral health is intimately linked with overall well-being, with conditions such as gum disease being linked to systemic issues like heart disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Dentists and doctors possess unique expertise that, when combined, allow for a more thorough understanding of patients' health conditions and potential interconnections between oral health and systemic health. By working together, they can provide patients with integrated treatment plans that address both oral and general health concerns, leading to improved overall health outcomes and quality of life. This collaborative approach fosters a more holistic approach to healthcare, emphasizing preventive measures and early intervention to promote optimal health and well-being.

Together, we can bridge the gap between medical and dental care, ensuring that patients receive the integrated services they need to achieve and maintain optimal health. Partner with us in promoting total wellness for your patients.