In Denver, a pioneering approach is revolutionizing healthcare as doctors and nurses take on dental duties to reach low-income and uninsured patients. Led by pediatrician Patricia Braun, the integration of oral health into medical checkups has become a vital part of care at the Bernard F. Gipson Eastside Family Health Center, serving Denver's underserved residents. Through federal and private funding, programs across the country have expanded to provide oral health services during medical visits. In Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Arizona, Braun and her team have trained primary care providers in oral health, resulting in increased fluoride application and improved access to preventive care. Despite challenges, the initiative has shown promising results, with a significant increase in children receiving preventive oral health care. By bridging the gap between medical and dental care, communities are making strides towards ensuring that all individuals have access to comprehensive healthcare services, regardless of their financial status or insurance coverage.

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