How can federal programs better help improve the nation’s oral health? Are some states offering better dental coverage to their Medicaid dental beneficiaries than others? Why should policymakers consider making oral health a priority?
These were just some of the questions raised during Unlocking Access to Oral Health, a panel discussion held Sept. 20 in Washington. The two-hour event featured policymakers, advocates and other oral health stakeholders who talked about the progress that has been made in oral health over the last two decades and what more can be done to improve it. Topics included adult dental Medicaid as well as the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on dentistry and patient access.