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America's Oral Health: An Emerging Crisis

An estimated 74 million Americans have no access to oral health care – that's nearly three times the number of people without health insurance. In Washington, there has been little political will to change this status quo, as much of the policy discussions around health insurance leave out oral health. What will it take to recognize oral health as an integral part of overall health care before it's too late?

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In September of 2019, POLITICO hosted an in-depth conversation, sponsored by DentaQuest, on solutions around access, coverage and costs of oral health care in America.

Featured Speakers:

​•    Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), House Committee on Energy and Commerce
•    Richard J. Manski, DDS, Chair of Dental Public Health, University of Maryland School of Dentistry
•    Julie Watts McKee, DMD, State Dental Director, Kentucky Department of Public Health
​•    RADM Erica Schwartz, Deputy Surgeon General, Health and Human Services


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Reversible Decay: The Case for an Oral Health Revolution
A recent independent research study found that oral health is a significant issue for Americans. There was widespread agreement on the problems with our failing oral health system, including systematic, financial and emotional barriers to access and care. 
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