Dental Health Programs for Underserved Populations

Dental Health Programs for Underserved Populations Wednesday, February 27, 2013

According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (If you don’t have the software to open this PDF, download free Adobe Acrobat Reader® software.), approximately 25% of children aged 3 to 9 years and living in poverty had untreated dental caries. Also at risk in this area of health care are people who are uninsured, those living with HIV/AIDS, low-income pregnant women, and individuals who are homeless.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that used innovative strategies to provide needed dental care to underserved populations.

The featured QualityTools include a toolkit to help dentists provide dental care to underserved children in their community, a guide to establishing dental homes and providing education to at-risk children, and a comprehensive oral health curriculum for providers.

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