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 oral health person-centered care models.

Reversible Decay: The Case for an Oral Health Revolution
Recent independent research indicates oral health is a significant issue for Americans, who overwhelmingly agree oral health is key to overall well-being. The study also shows widespread support for several solutions to address common barriers to care. 
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America's Oral Health: An Emerging Crisis
On September 24, DentaQuest partnered with POLITICO for a lively panel discussion on the future of oral health care. The event was streamed live from Washington, D.C.
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MORE Care (Medical Oral Expanded Care)
The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement is leading an initiative that aims to integrate oral health competencies and capabilities into primary care offices while building patient-centered referral networks with local dental providers using health information technology. As we move into a new era of health care, MORE Care provides the framework to help clinics achieve a more comprehensive approach to health care.
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Value based-Care Case Study
See ‘Preventistry in Action’ and how it demonstrates the transformation toward value-based care. In Oregon, this approach has been successfully tested with oral health centers at Advantage Dental.
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Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Management Efforts
The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement facilitated a seven-year collaborative to develop and implement a disease management protocol to manage and prevent early childhood tooth decay in patients under the age of six seeking treatment at hospital-based dental clinics.
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Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative
DentaQuest expanded its ECC management efforts to more effectively prevent, manage and treat dental caries in older kids. This collaborative focused on developing and testing a chronic disease management protocol for children and adolescents between the ages of six and 20.
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Our current health care system fails to address barriers faced by millions of Americans in obtaining needed preventive oral health care and treatment. Teledentistry tools help empower dental teams to go into the community and deliver care.
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Recommended Resources
The DentaQuest Partnership’s Analytics and Evaluation (A&E) team focuses on transforming data and information into knowledge that can be used by providers, policy makers and advocates to improve the oral health system and better inform policy and financing decisions.​
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