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Connecting Physical and Oral Health Care in Louisiana

Primary care professionals are generally the first point of contact in the health care system and are often underutilized as a source of basic oral health services to their patients. Fluorid... more

December 18, 2018
Reducing Dental Opioid Prescribing in Oregon: A Conversation with Oral Health Leaders

With the United States in the grip of an opioid epidemic, public health care leaders are seeking innovative solutions to address the crisis. Educating dental providers is one way that states... more

December 5, 2018
Getting to the Root of the Problem: Reducing Overuse of Opioids for Oral Pain

Opioid abuse and related deaths have reached epidemic proportions across the country, garnering attention from all levels of government, health care payers, clinicians, and the public. In 20... more

March 28, 2018
What’s Keeping State Oral Health Leaders Up at Night?

A number of innovative efforts are underway to bridge the gap between Medicaid and public health agencies in order to address broad population health needs. Programs such as the Centers for ... more

March 28, 2017
Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health for Low-Income Populations

There is growing evidence that the way people live, learn, work, and play has a significant impact on health, including oral health. These social determinants of health (SDOH) — including ... more

February 21, 2017
Advancing Oral Health Equity: A Chat with Health Care for All

Achieving health equity is a growing priority among health care stakeholders. However, until recently, many efforts to achieve equity have been focused on increasing access rather than addre... more

July 21, 2016
Improving Children’s Oral Health Care Access in Medicaid: Opportunities for States

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease -- in fact, it is five times more common than asthma, and nearly one-quarter of all preschool-age children in the U.S. have experienced toot... more

March 20, 2015
Supporting Efforts to Advance Adult Dental Coverage and Access in Medicaid

While comprehensive dental coverage is a required benefit for children served by Medicaid, the same is not true for adults. Dental benefits are optional for adults enrolled in Medicaid, and ... more

February 27, 2015
Practical State Strategies to Increase Oral Health Access for Children in Medicaid

It’s no secret that children in Medicaid lack adequate access to oral health care for a number of reasons. These include low provider participation due to perceived administrative burdens,... more

November 12, 2014