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Jan 11, 2022
Medicaid — the health care program jointly funded by states and the federal government to provide comprehensive health care services to 75 million people nationwide — guarantees comprehensive dental benefits for children. The same is not true for adults, though. Adults who rely on the program are often forced to make difficult decisions about seeing a dentist, going to an emergency department (ED), or wondering how much pain they can endure.  
Dec 28, 2021
In 2021, we created a series of blog posts that highlights individuals who are working to improve the oral health system. From providers and policymakers to advocates and patients, our goal is to provide a snapshot of the backgrounds, ideas, successes, challenges, and daily lives of people who are making oral health care more accessible, equitable, and integrated.  
Dec 21, 2021
When Bosco Jerez returned from Iraq, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dental care wasn’t his top priority. “During that time, I didn’t take care of my teeth like I should have been because I had other things on my mind,” says Jerez, a veteran from Virginia. “And of course, I didn’t have dental insurance to take care of it.”
Dec 16, 2021
Roughly 19 million veterans live in the US, comprising about 6% of the total population. Those veterans are more likely to experience worse oral health outcomes — higher rates of tooth decay, higher rates of gum disease, and an increased need for restorative dental care — compared to nonveterans. A new white paper from CareQuest Institute and the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) aims to shine a light on the social, structural, and individual drivers of these outcomes.
Dec 14, 2021
Research is one of five Areas of Activation at CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. It’s an integral part of our strategy to improve the oral health system and build a future where every person can reach their full potential through optimal health.  Research is also one of our most prolific areas.  
Dec 13, 2021
Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, is an associate professor and director of public health dentistry and teledentistry at A.T.
Dec 10, 2021
For Dr. Mina Paul and Dr. Brianna Hillier, teledentistry has been an invaluable addition to their daily work. “Teledentistry is here to stay, and I am absolutely an advocate,” said Paul. “There’s a lot more we can do.”
Nov 30, 2021
One thing is clear about the dental industry’s transition to value-based care: There are a lot of questions: What is value-based care? Are providers familiar with alternative payment models? What are the benefits of value-based care?
Nov 05, 2021
Alex Sheff is co-director of policy and government relations at Health Care For All (HCFA), a consumer health advocacy organization that supports health justice in Massachusetts by working to promote health equity and ensure coverage and access for all. Since 2004, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health has helped fund HCFA’s critical work around oral health in the Commonwealth.
Oct 18, 2021
The future of oral health is coming — and value-based care holds many of the keys to success.