|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:
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 health care isn’t nearly as healthy as it should be.
- 29% more likely to have diabetes
- 50% more likely to have osteoporosis
- 67% percent more likely to have heart disease
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. »