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Health Literacy in Dentistry

ADA policy defines oral health literacy as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate oral health decisions. It also recognizes that by improving health literacy, patients are better stewards of their own health. You can improve health literacy by using simple communication with the patient and confirming comprehension so that the risk of miscommunication is minimized. You can support patients’ efforts to improve their oral health by using strategies that make the dental office environment and health care system easier to navigate.

Increasing the Dental Team’s Knowledge about Health Literacy

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