Leading U.S. Scientists Call for Improved Healthcare Outcomes for Seniors Through Dental and Medical Care Collaboration

Friday, October 16, 2009 General News J E 4

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians and dentists with an interest in geriatric medicine will have a unique opportunity to discuss the associations between oral health and overall health at a program today at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).  While scientists, health care providers, policymakers, and the public recognize oral health's importance to health and well-being, a collaborative approach to disease management can enhance the quality of health care delivery, advance health care for seniors, and improve patient outcomes.  

"Today's program creates a forum for open dialogue among scientists, clinicians and healthcare leaders to exchange knowledge and ideas regarding the oral healthcare issues unique to our senior population," said Beth Truett, President and CEO, Oral Health America.  "Dental and medical care providers rarely have a chance to communicate about collaborative treatment options.  We are honored to be working with NYAS, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians on this health integration program."

The meeting, entitled Collaborative Health Care for Older Adults: A Symposium for Creating Dialogue Between Medicine and Dentistry, allows participants to improve their understanding of the necessity of including oral health as part of routine health care, and discuss advances in our understanding of diseases of the mouth and their impact on systemic health and diagnostics.  

This Continuing Medical Education program is sponsored by Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Oral Health America and NYAS.  Program supporters include Aetna Dental, Colgate, and DENTSPLY International.  For further information please go to the conference website at  

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817.

Oral Health America is the nation's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.  Find out more at  

SOURCE Oral Health America



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