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Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Apr;57(2):371-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2013.02.002.

Emerging topics for dentists as primary care providers.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


Modifications of the traditional dental workforce have been proposed. The focus of this article is on expanding the role of the dentist as a primary health care provider, and includes topics that are emerging in the realm of general dentistry for further integration into primary health care and women's health. The evidence base for the clinical application of these topics in dentistry is under development. In the near future, dentistry will have core competencies involving the topics discussed in this article as well as other new interdisciplinary health care aspects to enhance the overall health and well-being of patients.

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