“In Alaska, Dental Therapists Seen as Helping to Improve Oral Health”
Dental therapists working in the Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta region in southwestern Alaska are helping to prevent oral health disease and improve quality of life, according to a new study that examines the views of dental providers and native community members.
As an oral health professional, you know first-hand about the link between oral health and overall health and the great disparities that exist in access to oral health care. Currently, about 58 million Americans rely on Medicare programs for health care and only a third of them have any coverage for oral health because Medicare does not provide for oral health services.
ADHA is asking all members to contact their federal representatives in support of Medicare coverage for oral health services. In less than two minutes, you can urge your federal legislators to improve access to care for this vulnerable population by including coverage for oral health services in Medicare.