Health System Transformation

For too long, the United States has viewed the way we receive and pay for oral care as being completely separate from the way we prevent and treat our overall health needs.

Oral health has been largely neglected and siloed from the rest of the health care ecosystem, yet studies show more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations. Individuals without dental insurance are:
  • 29% more likely to have diabetes
  • 50% more likely to have osteoporosis
  • 67% percent more likely to have heart disease
The cost to care for these chronic diseases contributes to the growing national health expenditures – above and beyond the $520 million Medicare spends annually on dental emergency room visits. As a result, the nation that spends the most on healthcare isn’t nearly as healthy as it should be.

Oral health care needs a revolution.

From community organizers to oral health leaders and dentists to policymakers, everyone plays a part in the oral health revolution. To shift the focus of care toward overall health, that revolution in oral health moves from basic cleanings and treating acute issues toward more comprehensive prevention and care in non-traditional settings.

See how primary care practices are transforming oral health care delivery. »

  America's Oral Health: An Emerging Crisis Image

On September 24, DentaQuest partnered with POLITICO for a lively panel discussion on the future of oral health care.
Watch the Event »

  Alison Corcoran on Systems Change
  Alison Corcoran Video  
  Changing the Conversation about Oral Health  
  Learn why we need to talk holistically about the mouth as a part of the whole body.
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  Oral Health Advocacy IS Preventistry in Action  
  Change in systems, minds,
policies and more is 
needed to achieve improved
oral health for all.
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