This editorial discusses a 1939 concept of dental disease prevention and the resistance it faced from some in the dental profession due to potential economic self-interest. It draws parallels to current issues in the dental field, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules on dental coverage. The CMS rules link dental services to medical outcomes, opening the door for future expansion. However, the editorial highlights gaps in coverage, particularly for cancer patients and those with diabetes. The new CMS rule signifies progress in integrating oral health into healthcare, echoing a goal set in 1939.
Smiley, Christopher J. DDS
"Resolving Echoes from Dentistry’s Past,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
12, Article 6.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss12/6