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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On Nov. 28, Arizona’s Health Committee of Reference recommended that legislation to license dental therapists be introduced for further review by the state Legislature. Read More
With broad bipartisan support, the Michigan Senate passed legislation Oct. 11 to authorize dental therapists to practice in the state. S.B. 541, sponsored by state Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), would help address Michigan’s serious dental access challenges by increasing the availability of dental providers able to care for patients’ routine oral health needs. The bill has been... Read More
The number of senior citizens (ages 65 and older) in the United States is expected to double to more than 98 million by 2060. The Census Bureau predicts that by 2030 the U.S. will be home to about 9 million people age 85 and older, many of whom will face mobility challenges. Compared with earlier decades, more seniors are expected to still have their teeth and will need continuing dental care.... Read More