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Oral health undeniably is linked to overall general health and oral disease is preventable. In currently configured healthcare delivery systems, oral health has been separated from primary care. In the last 20 years, significant attention and efforts have been directed toward the integration of oral health into primary care practice and the imperative to increase access to quality oral health, to increase early detection and prevention of oral disease, to reduce associated costs of oral disease and impacts on general health, and to improve oral and general health outcomes.  

The Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) serves as a national resource for systems-level research on oral health integration into primary care training with special emphasis on training enhancements that will train primary care providers to deliver high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care that promotes oral health, addresses oral health disparities and meets the unique needs of all communities.