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 recent report by the Gerontological Society of America provides a plan to address the unmet need for oral health care services for older adults with limited access to care. Read More
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) in Coos Bay, Oregon, hired the state’s first dental health aide therapist (dental therapist). Naomi Petrie, a graduate of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s dental education program, had been training for two years in common preventive and routine restorative dental care. Read More
Children and adults had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care in Alaska Native communities served frequently by dental health aide therapists than residents in communities not receiving these services, according to a new study released by the University of Washington. Read More