This article provides data on oral diseases as they relate to systemic health conditions. Research continues to identify biologic mechanisms that link oral diseases to systemic disease and vice versa. The Smiles for Life curriculum, developed for physicians, provides a systematic approach for incorporating an oral exam into your physical evaluation. Guidelines for the use of antibiotics for tooth pain and swelling, to prevent infective endocarditis, and for patients for total joint replacements are provided.
anti-bacterial agents, oral health, endocarditis, primary health care
Kennedy E, Niessen LC. Integrating Oral Health into Primary Care. Missouri Medicine. 2021; 118(5).