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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U.S. seniors are keeping their teeth longer than they did in the past, yet many are unable to access preventive dental care or treatment to keep their mouths healthy. Senior citizens—those 65 and older—made up 15 percent of the U.S. population in 2014, and their share of the population is expected to nearly double by 2060. As the number of older Americans increases in the coming... Read More
The Indian Health Service (IHS), which oversees all federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native communities, proposed in June to expand the use of dental health aide therapists (DHATs) in tribal settings to increase access to care among Native Americans across the country. Read More
Pew’s early efforts focused on children; since then, growing evidence has pointed to the dire oral health and access problems of working-age adults, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens. Read More