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Holistic care should be coming your way

BDJ volume 223, pages 568569 (27 October 2017) | Download Citation


In this Opinion article, Nairn Wilson argues that interprofessional, holistic healthcare provision greatly enhances general health and wellbeing. For dentistry-oral healthcare provision to realise its potential in whole patient care, it must be integral to developments in holistic healthcare provision.

Key points

  • Suggests there is a pressing need to translate the importance of oral health to general health and wellbeing into general healthcare provision.

  • Suggests that integrating oral healthcare into general healthcare provision will create important opportunities for the dental team.

  • Highlights that new approaches to dental education, training and workforce planning are required to support much-needed developments in holistic healthcare provision.

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  1. Emeritus Professor of Dentistry, King's College London Dental Institute

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Correspondence to N. Wilson.

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