NYU study concludes that dentists could screen 20 million Americans for chronic physical illnesses
An opportunity to identify diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseasesDecember 15, 2011 -- Nearly 20 million Americans annually visit a dentist but not a general healthcare provider, according to an NYU study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.
The study, conducted by a nursing-dental research team at NYU, is the first of its kind to determine the proportion of Americans who are seen annually by a dentist but not by a general healthcare provider.
This finding suggests dentists can play a crucial role as health care practitioners in the front-line defense of identifying systemic disease which would otherwise go undetected in a significant portion of the population, say the researchers.
For full article: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/nyu-nsc121211.php
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