Medical-Dental Integration

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Medical-dental integration is an approach to care that integrates and coordinates dental medicine into primary care and behavioral health to support individual and population health. When medical-dental integration is successful, it can:

  1. Increase communication and collaboration.
  2. Improve care quality through,
    1. Better health outcomes.
    2. Increased patient satisfaction.
  3. Reduce costs for the patient and the facility.

Primary care, health centers, dental teams and others interested in developing a model of medical-dental integration should contact Cheri Kiefer at (701) 328-4930 with the North Dakota Department of Oral Health, or review the Medical-Dental Integration Manual developed by the North Dakota Oral Health Program.

Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Medical-Dental Health Care

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