Overcoming Barriers to Dental Care Access Through Community-Based Programs

In this video, Sharity Ludwig, EPDH, MS, director of alternative care models at Advantage Dental Oral Health Center and Affiliated Practices, explains the potential of community care. Clinics may not be in easily accessible locations, so by deploying expanded practice hygienists to other sites — such as WIC programs and schools — patients can receive care in a trusting, familiar, and convenient environments.

You may also be interested in:

  • MORE Care, an initiative of CareQuest Institute that aims to integrate oral health competencies and capabilities into primary care offices while building patient-centered referral networks with local dental providers using health information technology.
  • A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care, a white paper that outlines a new model in dentistry that will be more cost-effective, efficient, and equitable.
  • Medical-Dental Integration web page, a collection of resources that explore the growing connections between oral health and overall health.