Medical Field and Dental Field: To Marry

Blood from your gums may soon be the new way to test for diabetes. Some 8 million of the 29 million Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed. Since Americans are more likely to visit a dentist every year rather than a primary care physician, it makes sense to provide diabetes screenings at dental check-ups. NYU’s recent study is mentioned in this article

There is such a disconnect between the medical field and the dental field. The mouth is ‘dental’ and the rest of the body is ‘medical’.  In fact, the mouth is the window to the health of the whole body! Why is it taking so long for the two fields to marry?

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