Healthcare Provider Challenges

Health care providers have increasing demands on limited time.

  • May forget to ask about oral health when other problems compete for attention.
  • Oral health prompts are often not incorporated into the electronic medical record.
  • May be unsure when or where to refer in the community - especially for elderly with Medicare, patients with special needs, young children, and pregnant women.
  • Limited training: Oral health training in health professional schools is steadily increasing, but health providers may be unsure of correct questions to ask or how to perform a proper exam.