Oral Health + Overall Health

Cancer prevention and the dentists' role in HPV vaccination

You may feel a typical dentist is not equipped to provide HPV vaccines. But how about being part of the HPV conversation? Physician recommendation is the most important predictor of HPV vaccine uptake, and dentists see more infants/adolescents than any other physician in the US. In fact, 83% of children between 2 and 17 years visited a dentist at least once in 2013, which translates to 41 to 61 million children/adolescents. Imagine how many HPV vaccine age-eligible children they could reach!

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