Oral health is essential to overall health, but access to such services is limited. In response, many foundations and corporate giving programs are working to improve oral health care through policy and advocacy, workforce development, and delivery system support. GIH strives to increase funder awareness of this important need, particularly for vulnerable populations.
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A new report authored by the Center for Oral Health, “A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old: A California Report on the Oral Health of Older Adults,” finds that a significant number of older adults in California are plagued by oral health problems. Among the findings, the report found that older adults have a high prevalence of oral health needs, with half of older adults residing in skilled nursing facilities and a third of older adults living in the community suffering from untreated tooth decay. The report was funded in-part by the Archstone Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Delta Dental Health Education and Research Fund, and Liberty Dental Plan Foundation.
A new study funded by Pew Charitable Trusts has demonstrated that advanced dental therapists improve access to care for rural populations in Minnesota and keep clinic costs low.
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Most Recent Publications
Upstream, Systems-Based Solutions to the Oral Health Epidemic
January 19, 2018
Michael Monopoli, DentaQuest Foundation
Increasing Access to Oral Health Care in Missouri: One Funder's Approach
April 26, 2016
Cynthia P. Hayes, Missouri Foundation for Health
The Role of Evaluation in Designing CHOMPERS! and Bringing Dental Care to Kids
September 23, 2013
Lisa Payne Simon, M.P.H., Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care
This white paper, Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care, makes the case for including preventive oral health care in routine medical care.