Pew’s dental campaign promotes cost-effective policies that will mean millions more people get the dental care they need to lead healthy lives.
We conduct and commission research to define issues, identify solutions, and assess how states are responding to dental care challenges. We work with professionals with extensive expertise in dental health policy at the state and national levels.
Reports, testimony, and other materials by Pew’s dental experts are helping to drive policy changes in a number of states.
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A new study published in the April issue of Health Affairs finds mixed utilization results among states offering Medicaid dental benefits. Read More
On Feb. 20, 2017, “NBC Nightly News” aired a segment on dental therapists as a growing solution to the lack of access to dental care across the country. The story demonstrated that dental therapists receive the same amount of training as dentists in the limited number of procedures they are licensed to perform. Read More
On Feb. 9, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill to allow Native American tribes to receive federal funding needed to sustain tribal clinics that use a midlevel dental provider. Earlier in February, S.S.B. 5079 passed the Senate unanimously. Read More