The role of general practitioners in recognising and managing dental disease

Garima Arora, Albert Yeung

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Oral health problems are extensive and multi-factorial in nature. Patient outcome will be compromised if there is limited access to trained dental professionals for oral health issues.The increasing number of dental patients going to the General Practitioners (GP) costs the NHS £26 million per year. The reasons why patients visit their GP for oral health issues are numerous; however, GPs are not responsible for treating dental patients. GPs do play an important role in identifying patients with undiagnosed dental problems, and being aware of the ones caused by other medical problems. Therefore, inter-professional cooperation is required to reduce the global burden of dental diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages13
Journal Clinical Focus Primary Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Mouth Diseases; General Practitioners; Tooth Diseases; Dental Pulp Diseases


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