Table 1.

Core Clinical Domains for the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice

Core Clinical DomainDefinition
Risk assessmentThe identification of factors that affect oral health and overall health
Oral health evaluationIntegrating subjective and objective findings based on completion of a focused oral health history, risk assessment, and a clinical oral health screening
Preventive interventionRecognition of options and strategies to address oral health needs identified by risk assessment and evaluation
Communication and educationTargets individuals and groups regarding the relationship between oral and systemic health, risk factors for oral health disorders, effect of nutrition on oral health, and preventive measures appropriate to mitigate risk at both the individual and population levels
Interprofessional collaborative practiceShares responsibility and collaboration among health care professionals in the care of patients and populations with, or at risk of, oral disorders to ensure optimal health outcomes