Commentary: Opportunities for Interprofessional Collaboration Between Physicians and Dentists in Treatment of Pediatric Patients

A new study from the AAPD Pediatric Dentistry Journal Opportunities for Age-Specific Interprofessional Collaboration Between Physicians and Dentists in Pediatric Patients examines collaborative care and interprofessional practice between dentists and physicians in improving children's oral health and overall health outcomes. The findings suggest that physicians play an important role in integrating oral health into the well-child care of young children. Dentists may be well-positioned to provide oral health and overall health promotion for older children. 
OHNEP Executive Director Dr. Judith Haber's featured commentary describes the study's implications for "widening the lens" of services that dental and medical teams can provide to their pediatric patients nationwide. In addition to physicians and dentists, Dr. Haber emphasizes the importance of other primary care providers. Pediatric and family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists, and dental therapists play key roles in building opportunities for interprofessional practice by promoting the integration of oral health and overall health in their patients' total well-being. 
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