Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: Institute of Medicine

Last Reviewed: July 2011

This report examines the status of oral health and oral health care in the United States. The report describes strengths, limitations, and future challenges, and it outlines a vision for a future oral health care system where all people have access to quality oral health care. 
The committee’s recommendations for achieving this goal focus on:

  • Integrating oral health into overall health care
  • Promoting legislation that supports access to care
  • Improving education and training for dental professionals
  • Reducing barriers to care
  • Promoting research
  • Increasing capacity at state and local levels
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Committee on Oral Health Access to Services, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. (2011). Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. Retrieved from