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Resource: Adolescent Dental Health and Screening for Sensitive Health Concerns

posted on Thu, Nov 1 2012 12:00 am by Mid-States Region

Dentists have unique access to adolescents. Annually, nine percent of American minors see a dentist but do not visit a general health care provider. Hygienists, dentist and staff spend an average of over 50 minutes engaging with the patient with great potential to develop rapport and trust. This resource outlines the opportunity for dentists and hygienists to provide oral screening of adolescents for highly sensitive health concerns – like eating disorders, tobacco use, diabetes and HIV – during dental exams. The resource provides insights on related laws and steps to consider.

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