Our Mission: Bridge the Oral-Systemic Gap
Between Dentistry & Medicine
The mission of 3rd Era Dentistry is to effectively bridge the oral-systemic gap between dentistry and medicine. This gap is preventing our healthcare system from delivering an optimal level of care.
Despite the many advances in technology and pharmacology, unless dental and medical clinicians communicate and collaborate on a larger scale to bridge the oral systemic gap, we will never have a society that is able to prevent illness and enjoy a longer “health span”.
Instead, we perpetuate a “sick care” system which is really a form of slow death management. This system is bankrupting our country, as we focus on putting out fires rather than preventing them with the continued, long term treatment of millions of people with serious systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and dementia.
So many of these illnesses can be prevented or sometimes cured by treating oral diseases such as periodontal and endodontic infections. Until dental professionals adequately treat these oral infections, and medical professionals “prescribe” that their patients get needed dental care, oral bacteremia will continue to cause and worsen many systemic diseases.
The fact is that the dental and medical professions share some of the blame for the current state of American health. Working together, we can bridge the oral-systemic gap and turn it around.
Our Goals: Empower Oral-Systemic Specialists
Inform dental and medical clinicians about which systemic diseases are most likely to be caused or exacerbated by oral disease.
Educate dental clinicians regarding their critical role in total health management and why they should have zero tolerance for blood the sink.
Empower dental clinicians to claim their rightful role as oral-systemic specialists.
Demonstrate to physicians how their treatment plans for heart disease, diabetes, dementia, etc. are being sabotaged by untreated oral infections.
Teach dental professionals how to effectively communicate with physicians to explain the value of collaboration for them and their patients.
Provide the tools and training needed to improve multi-disciplinary communication and collaboration.
To create a healthier nation of citizens who enjoy more quality years instead of merely surviving through extended illnesses.
Reinforce that dental-medical and medical-dental referrals are not about practice building, they are about ethical healthcare and doing what is in the patient’s best interest.