Oral Health Initiatives
DentaQuest and the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement are working with partners across the country to develop and test strategies to improve the oral health system. DentaQuest is advancing the oral health field through quality improvement collaboratives, medical-dental integration initiatives and research to facilitate learning and adoption of innovative models.
A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care
Dentistry is rapidly changing, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted key opportunities within the oral health care system. A new paper by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement outlines a Three Domain Framework that creates a new model in dentistry, a roadmap for the future that will be cost-effective, efficient and more equitable. The Framework proposes a a primary care-like structure for oral health care delivery.
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Best Practices for Dental Clinics to Safely Provide Care
A new collaboration — between the DentaQuest Partnership and OSAP, dentistry’s global resource for infection control and safety information and educations — addresses the most critical elements necessary to safely provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration has generated practical resources for dental care personnel and easy-to-understand communications for patients and consumers.
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COVID-19 Oral Health Recovery and Transformation Community (COHRT)
The COVID-19 Oral Health Recovery and Transformation Learning Community seeks to build upon the existing strength and knowledge of dental practices to provide a supportive and engaging community, clinical guidance and peer collaboration as teams navigate the challenges associated with providing oral health care in new and uncertain times.
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The Link Between Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia and the Mouth
A new report from the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement reinforces the connection between oral health and overall health and underscores the breadth of health issues — including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) — that ongoing oral health care can protect against. Key findings from the report include: At least one preventive dental visit within three years reduced the likelihood of a VAP diagnosis by 22%.
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Oral Health Value-Based Care
For more than two centuries dentists have practiced in a fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement environment. Workflow, care delivery, business plan, staffing, documentation, health information technology, scheduling, billing, goals, productivity, policies and procedures and communication have all been designed and implemented around a care and financing model that emphasizes volume over value. The transition to value-based care (VBC) has the potential to change each of those areas in a significant way.
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Teledentistry services can expand oral health access, lower costs and improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction—making it a critical service to transform the oral health industry. And now, more than ever, the use of teledentistry as an alternative method to health care can provide much-needed access to urgent dental care when providers and patients can’t meet in person.
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Learn more about ongoing research efforts within the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement