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May 20, 2024
Nearly all Arizonans say oral health is important to them. But not all Arizonans have an easy time accessing care — especially those individuals without dental coverage. Arizona Medicaid adult dental benefits only cover emergencies and are capped at $1,000 with very few exceptions. For almost a decade, the Arizona Oral Health Coalition (AZOHC) has been working to change that and expand the Medicaid adult dental benefit in the state. Stories have been at the heart of that work — stories like Janessa’s. 
May 16, 2024
Medical and oral health experts have long agreed that dental care in pregnancy is safe, effective, and important. Untreated dental disease can lead to pregnancy complications and raise the risk of cavities in childhood. However, more than 8 in 10 obstetricians don’t routinely conduct oral exams. Some dental providers may also still hesitate to treat pregnant people. 
May 14, 2024
By Renee Clark, Care Coordination & Interoperability Manager at CareQuest Institute Welcome to the first installment in our blog series about transforming oral health! 
May 6, 2024
As a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst, Reeva Morton, PhD, BCBA-D, NCSP has her feet in two places at once: the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry. 
April 29, 2024
As a clinical assistant professor and dentist at the University of Florida (UF) College of Dentistry, Bryan Smallwood, DMD, MPH, CPH, has cared for thousands of patients. One in particular stands out to him. “I have a patient who had been to the operating room many times because other dentists couldn’t treat him,” Smallwood says. 
April 23, 2024
By Lisa J. Heaton, PhD, and Paige Martin, BA, science writers at CareQuest Institute 
April 18, 2024
Many patients are used to donning large, heavy aprons when getting a dental X-ray. Since the 1950s, providers have thought it was vital to cover a patient’s body and throat for fear of exposing their reproductive organs, thyroid gland, and pregnancy to dangerous levels of radiation. 
April 15, 2024
“Kira Johnson lost her life to the Black maternal health crisis not because she was unhealthy, uninsured, or unlucky, but because she was unheard,” said U.S. Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, who represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. 
April 9, 2024
Happy National Dental Hygienist week! The second week of every April, we celebrate the outstanding, dedicated, and selfless work dental hygienists do — inside and outside of clinical settings — to improve the oral health system. 
April 2, 2024
Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) has existed for more than 20 years. But many oral health providers may be unfamiliar with why or how to use it.