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Certified PAs: Caring for Smiles

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Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed. D., PA-C

President and CEO, NCCPA and nccPA Health Foundation

“Certified PAs bridge the gaps in access to care for more than 473 million patient visits annually.”

Certified physician assistants (PAs) care for the whole patient.

The mouth is a window into the body.  So, if your teeth and gums aren’t well, it will be hard for the rest of you to stay healthy. Certified PAs are your partners, ready to intervene before oral health issues turn into overall health concerns.

The 131,000 PAs certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) are educated to address how oral disease can affect chronic conditions, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and educate patients about the importance of oral self-care. By illuminating the links between oral and whole-body health, certified PAs can help ensure both. 

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Certified PAs expand access to quality dental and preventative oral health care by providing frontline screening, risk assessment, counseling services, and referrals. These offerings are especially important for the nearly 58 million people in the United States who live in areas where it is difficult to access care. 

Certified PAs bridge the gaps in access to care for more than 473 million patient visits annually. They are often the first to identify and treat oral and other health issues.  So when your certified PA says, “Open wide,” they are ready to help. 

Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed. D., PA-C, President and CEO, NCCPA and nccPA Health Foundation, [email protected]

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