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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The number of low-income children with sealants increased by about 70 percent from 1999-2004 to 2011-14, which prevented almost 1 million cavities in this group, according to a new analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read More
Patients in rural areas face socio-economic, geographic, and workforce barriers when trying to access dental care. In many such areas, residents live far from dental care providers, tend to earn less than nonrural residents, and are less likely to have dental insurance. Read More
Patients in rural Minnesota often travel two hours and more for an appointment with Brandi Tweeter. The dental therapist practices in the city of Montevideo, population 5,400, about 45 miles from the South Dakota line. Why do patients travel so far to see her? Simply put, they can’t get proper dental care any other way. Read More