Improving Oral Health

As administrator of the TennCare dental benefits program, DentaQuest’s first priority is improving the oral health of children who receive TennCare benefits across the state of Tennessee. Aside from making sure that children practice good oral health habits such as brushing, flossing and eating nutritious foods, an important first step in achieving this goal is to make sure that children visit the dentist regularly for screenings, check-ups and preventive care. Visit our Oral Health Resources for more information on pediatric oral health.

DentaQuest is committed to its mission to improve the oral health of all. Through the engagement of a broad and diverse network of stakeholders, DentaQuest continues to bring years of experience administration, operational excellence, community service, and support to hundreds of oral health programs across America. Essential to the fulfillment of the DentaQuest mission is ensuring high-quality dental coverage and access to care to millions of people, mostly children.  Learn how we are Eliminating Dental Disease in Children and Improving Oral Health Across the Lifespan.
Some of our national efforts to achieve oral health equity and especially racial justice, include:

  • Participating in the launch of the National Office of Minority Health new e-curriculum on CLAS standards for oral health providers.
  • Guest lecturer at the Harvard Medical School Faculty Development and Diversity Fellows Conference on Health Equity
  • Representation on the US HHS Region I Regional Health Equity Council as part of the National Partnership to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
  • Participation in NDA and HDA conferences and programs over the past eight years
  • DentaQuest Foundation training with the Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • Membership, AHIP Health Equity Group
The DentaQuest Institute is changing the future of oral health for the better using solid scientific and clinical research to improve the effective delivery of care. Learn more about the Institute.
The DentaQuest Foundation supports and promotes optimal oral health by partnering and collaborating in communities across the United States, with a goal of connecting key stakeholders, raising awareness, and supporting solutions.
The Foundation has set the following Oral Health 2020 goals:
Goal 1 Mandatory inclusion of an adult dental benefit in publicly funded health insurance.
  • By 2020, at least 30 states have a comprehensive Medicaid adult dental benefit and no states that currently have a Medicaid adult dental benefit roll back or eliminate that coverage.
  • By 2020, Medicare includes a comprehensive adult dental benefit.
  • By 2020, oral health is a component of patient-centered care models.
Goal 2   Oral health incorporated into the primary education system.
  • By 2020, the 10 largest school districts have incorporated oral health into their systems.
Goal 3   Comprehensive national oral health measurement system.
  • By 2020, a comprehensive national and state oral health measurement system is in place.
Goal 4   Eradicate dental disease in children.
  • By 2020, 75% of children reach age 5 without a cavity.