Even seemingly small changes and steps toward progress can create a massive impact.
Recent Impact Areas:
Working with Alta Head Start in Youngstown, Ohio, communication material was developed on the importance of primary (baby) teeth, which are attached to failed dental exams that go home to caregivers.
Connecting school-based health centers with state level resources to resolve barriers around reimbursement for transportation services.
Advocating for new tools in caries management—such as reimbursement of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) as a treatment of caries (tooth decay).
Raising awareness of the relationship between oral health and overall health.
Ohio policy makers make informed oral health policy decisions.
Ohioans know the relationship between oral health and general health and the importance of oral health care.
Adequate public funding for oral health in Ohio including Medicaid reimbursement, public and private insurance, and other funding sources
Professionals in a variety of disciplines have access to oral health training and resources.