Closing the Gap: Disparities in Oral Health and Access to Dental Care is organized by CME Outfitters, LLC.
Premiere Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Credit Expiration Date: Monday, September 30, 2024
Statement of Need:
Disparities in oral health care are compounded by a fragmented health care/dental system that has led to a knowledge gap between medical and oral health care. Root causes of oral health inequity also include structural racism and social determinants, such as poor oral health literacy and low-income socioeconomic status, and an overall lack of access and dental insurance. Education for both health care professionals (HCPs) and patients on the link between oral and overall health, and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration are imperative to close the gaps in oral health.
In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty detail the systemic and social determinants that contribute to oral health disparities, particularly the factors that contribute to dental health disparities in patients of color. Faculty also provide action steps for medical and dental HCPs to help mitigate inequities in oral health and the consequences of poor dental care.
At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:
• Identify systemic and social determinants that contribute to oral health disparities.
• Assess factors that contribute to dental health disparities in patients of color.