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Referral

In this section you will learn when and how to facilitate referral of higher-risk patients to a dental provider.

In the Screening section earlier in this course, you learned which signs and conditions require referral and how quickly. Here, we discuss the process and resources related to making the referral.

  • Establishing relationships with dental providers in your community can be mutually beneficial.
  • Relationships make referrals easier for you and your patients, especially for children who do not have a regular dentist.
  • Dental providers with whom you have an ongoing relationship can be a resource when you have questions about oral health conditions you observe.
  • Developing relationships can benefit dental providers with primary care concerns or need for referrals to a primary care provider.