Oral Health Disparities

Oral Health Disparities Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oral health disparities persist in the U.S. population for many reasons, including complex cultural and social processes that affect oral health and access to effective dental health care. Infrequent preventive care and high rates of dental disease are associated with minority status, low socioeconomic status, and unemployment.

The featured innovations describe programs aimed at reducing oral health disparities in two vulnerable populations — older homeless adults and refugees.

The featured QualityTools provide oral health resources, including a toolkit and an educational video to assist health professionals working with vulnerable populations.

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