Should dentistry play a larger role in general medicine


  • Neil Wood



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Dentistry has been traditionally seen as an entirely separate field from general medicine, with a divide between the two professions. However, the current medical-dental divide is becoming increasingly problematic as oral health is closely linked to overall health. Some examples include patients who have uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, patients who are transplant recipients, and elderly patients, who are adversely affected by poor oral health, and vice versa. Compounding this problem in South Africa is a large number of rural and outlying regions that need medical and dental care and intervention. At times these communities only receive periodical contact with a doctor or dentist who may be on rotation, or patients must travel large distances to community health clinics. It is conceivable that by empowering these professionals, these communities and patients will benefit greatly.


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Molayem S. Dentists and doctors need to play on the same team. Nature Outlook 2021; DOI:




How to Cite

Wood, N. (2023). Should dentistry play a larger role in general medicine. South African Dental Journal, 78(03), 1.

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