Oral health is an important part of whole health that, when left untreated, can cause numerous physical health problems including: pain, complications to other chronic conditions, loss of teeth, nutritional problems, and occasionally, even death. From an economic perspective, preventable oral health conditions are far too often being treated in Emergency Rooms with expensive surgeries rather than with preventive dental care. Providing adequate dental care is a growing concern as efforts continue to integrate healthcare, as current policy does not support the provision of dental services to the population.
Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits, a new fact sheet from the Center for Health Care Strategies outlines states’ current coverage of dental benefits for adults in Medicaid. It also suggests opportunities for states to increase oral health care coverage and access for this population.
Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, a report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council for HRSA, assesses the oral health care delivery system in the United States, examining its strengths, limitations, and future challenges; and provides a roadmap for public and private partnerships to create an integrated delivery system of oral care for vulnerable and underserved populations.
The Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice report and its recommendations serve as guiding principles and provide a framework for the design of a competency-based, interprofessional practice model to integrate oral health and primary care.
The Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals (CCPOHP) through the Office of Minority Health offers information and knowledge about cultural and linguistic competency specifically for oral health professionals.
Increasing Access to Dental Care through Public Private Partnerships:Contracting Between Private Dentists and Federally Qualified Health Centers is a handbook that is designed to encourage the adoption of contracting as an important approac to increasing oral health care for underserved populations. This handbook also provides background on how contracting works, and offers options for implementation.
NASHP blog examines how FQHCs can expand their dental services
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released four new and updated resources that present data and analyze issues related to oral health care, coverage and access in the U.S. in connection with an Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured event entitled Filling the Gaps: Dental Care, Coverage, and Access.
- Background Brief on Oral Health
- Key Facts Around Oral Health in the US
- Children and Oral Health: Assessing Needs, Coverage and Access
- Oral Health and Medicare Beneficiaries: Coverage, Out-of-Pocket Spending and Unmet Need
- Oral Health and Low-Income Nonelderly Adults: A Review of Coverage and Access
A study was conducted in the state of Connecticut to look for other Workforce Solutions to the Lack of Dental Care in the US.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides education and training on Children's Oral Care.
The American Diabetes Association discusses the Connection Between Diabetese and Oral Health Problems.
Southern Assoc of Institutional Dentists: Module 9: Clinical Concerns in Dental Care for Persons with Mental Illness.
JADA Journal of the American Dental Association: Dental Care and Associated Factors Among Older Adults with Schizophrenia:
Schizophrenia Bulletin 2011: Oral Health Advice for People With Serious Mental Illness.
Journal of Dental Research: Effects of an Oral Health Promotion Program in People with Mental Illness.
PBHCI Grantee Webinar on the "State of Dental Care"