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Blend Extra: Opioids and Oral Health

A Surprising Connection
Posted: 1:00 PM, Feb 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-12 14:00:16-05

One often overlooked aspect of the opioid epidemic is the connection to dental treatments. In fact, dentists and oral surgeons write 12% of all opioid prescriptions, including approximately 45% of opioid prescriptions for adolescents. So what should you do if you're prescribed an opioid? What questions should you ask your dentist? Joining us with answers is Dr. Ted Wong, chief dental officer at UnitedHealthcare.