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Title Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations / Committee on Oral Health Access to Services, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2011


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 279 pages) : illustrations
Contents Oral health status and utilization -- The oral health care workforce -- Settings of oral health care -- Expenditures and financing for oral health care -- A vision for the delivery of oral health care to vulnerable and underserved populations
Summary "Access to oral health care is essential to promoting and maintaining overall health and well-being yet only half of the population visits a dentist each year. Poor and minority children are less likely to have access to oral health care than are their nonpoor and nonminority peers. Older adults, people who live in rural areas, and disabled individuals, uniformly confront access barriers, regardless of their financial resources. The consequences of these disparities in access to oral health care can lead to a number of conditions including malnutrition, childhood speech problems, infections, diabetes, heart disease, and premature births. Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations examines the scope and consequences of inadequate access to oral health services in the United States and recommends ways to combat the economic, structural, geographic, and cultural factors that prevent access to regular, quality care. The report suggests changing funding and reimbursement for dental care; expanding the oral health work force by training doctors, nurses, and other nondental professionals to recognize risk for oral diseases; and revamping regulatory, educational, and administrative practices. It also recommends changes to incorporate oral health care into overall health care. These recommendations support the creation of a diverse workforce that is competent, compensated, and authorized to serve vulnerable and underserved populations across the life cycle. The recommendations provided in Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations will help direct the efforts of federal, state, and local government agencies; policy makers; health professionals in all fields; private and public health organizations; licensing and accreditation bodies; educational institutions; health care researchers; and philanthropic and advocacy organizations"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from resource home page (National Academies Press, viewed December 29, 2011)
Subject Dental public health -- United States
Poor children -- Dental care -- United States
Poor -- Dental care -- United States
People with disabilities -- Dental care -- United States
Health services accessibility.
Children -- Dental care.
Dental Health Services -- organization & administration
Mouth Diseases -- prevention & control
Health Services Accessibility
Dental Care for Disabled
Dental Care for Children
Medically Underserved Area
Poverty Areas
Vulnerable Populations
Dental Health Services
Oral Health
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Health Care Issues.
MEDICAL -- Dentistry -- General.
MEDICAL -- Health Care Delivery.
MEDICAL -- Health Policy.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Disease & Health Issues.
Health services accessibility
Children -- Dental care
Dental public health
People with disabilities -- Dental care
Poor -- Dental care
SUBJECT United States
Subject United States
Form Electronic book
Author Committee on Oral Health Access to Services (U.S.)
LC no. 2012360516
ISBN 9780309209472
Other Titles Oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations