Focusing on underserved communities, we are improving the oral health of people all across the state. We aim to reduce disparities and ensure everyone enjoys the benefits of good oral health.
So far, with partners we’ve:
- Reduced the number of lower-income preschoolers with untreated tooth decay by 35 percent over the last decade. . Today, more than 50 percent of all Medicaid-enrolled children under age 6 see a dentist. Washington leads the country in these efforts. This is important because preventing disease early leads to a lifetime of better oral health.
- Led a coalition that secured dental coverage for lower-income adults in Washington. One million people are now eligible to receive care.
- Ensured an additional 244,000 people in Washington receive the health benefits of fluoridated water since 2001, saving families and taxpayers nearly $56 million over 15 years.
- Invested in community health centers and nonprofit clinics adding 300,000 additional patient visits each year since 2010.
- Trained nearly 45 percent of Washington physicians caring for young children to deliver oral health preventive services.
- Trained 30,500 home care workers and community health workers to address oral health with their clients.
- Trained more than 1,600 dental professionals on delivering preventive care and treatment to pregnant women and older adults.
We’ve made significant progress, but we’re not done. Everyone deserves good oral and overall health. We are determined to make that happen.