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.