Preventistry

Preventistry is DentaQuest’s innovative, prevention-led approach to transforming the oral health system.

It’s an approach that increases access, affordability and awareness to improve the oral health of all. It produces partnerships with providers, clients and brokers who work with us to create a stronger, more effective system for all.

It is, simply put, our vision for the future of oral health.


 
How do we get there? How do we get to a brighter future that prioritizes prevention and equity? We focus on the four pillars of Preventistry: Care. Value. Innovation. Transformation.
 
CARE: We know that oral health impacts overall health. To create better care and better health outcomes for everyone, we are redefining what that care looks like. This means offering prevention-focused dental benefits, embracing alternative care settings and expanding access to care
 
VALUE: The key to realizing better health through oral health is to reward value over volume. For more than two centuries, oral health providers have been tied to a model that incentivizes high-cost, complex procedures and focuses on the volume of care that gets delivered. It’s time for a new approach — one in which providers are rewarded for quality outcomes rather than the quantity of care delivered.
 
INNOVATION: Disrupting the status quo and investing in new solutions is essential to create large-scale change. Embracing and advancing innovations such as minimally invasive care, teledentistry, medical-dental integration and new payment models will help us get there.
 
TRANSFORMATION: Oral health is an essential component of our overall health that we can’t afford to silo from the rest of the health care system. It costs too much — for patients and the system. Changing this reality will take a concerted, collaborative effort from every stakeholder in the system. Together, providers, payors, policy makers, employers and patients will need to work together to build an oral health system that works for everyone.

 
Blog
Meet the Preventists
Gain inspiration from people with different professions in different communities working toward the same purpose — to advocate for system-wide change and improve the oral health of all.
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Reversible Decay: The Case for an Oral Health Revolution
A recent study finds remarkable consistency from patients, dentists, physicians, Medicaid dental administrators and employers around the problems surrounding U.S. oral health care — and also shows encouraging alignment on the solutions.
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Video
Helping Hands + Prevention: How Communities Like Houston Thrive
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Whether from natural disaster, economic struggle, or other circumstance, communities rely on assistance and systems for support. But we often forget the healthiest future begins with prevention and education and requires focusing on all aspects of our lives.
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Preventistry in Action

What does Preventistry look like in practice?
 
It can take many different forms and include many different stakeholders. But it always aims for what’s best for patients and for the system. “Preventists” are people with different professions in different communities working toward the same purpose — those who serve on the front lines of dental care, who advocate for system-wide change and who go beyond what's expected to improve oral health for all.
 
To show the power of this transformation toward a system focused on prevention, we can look at
Advantage Dental, a leading dental care organization accountable care organization (ACO) in the state of Oregon and a part of DentaQuest’s Care Delivery group. By shifting away from a model that rewards volume to one that rewards value and health outcomes, Advantage Dental locations lowered costs, increased access and improved health outcomes.
 
This short video tells the story: