Bad oral health can lead to clinical horrors — so why has Medicare gone AWOL?

Dr Peter Foltyn
Dr Peter Foltyn.

Back in 1977, my role as a hospital-based dentist was limited to repairing broken dentures, placing the odd temporary filling on a ward, and the occasional extraction in the operating theatres.

Now we have a fully functional dental department and participate in weekly multidisciplinary team meetings for head and neck cancer.