Don’t miss JLF’s latest Spotlight Report on Dental Therapy:

While the national health care policy debate focuses on access to health insurance and health providers, the importance of oral care often does not receive the attention it should. Oral health is much more than clean teeth. Gums, the lining of the mouth, tongue, lips, salivary glands, chewing muscles, nerves, and jaw bones are all components of full oral health.1Research has shown a link between oral care and general health.2 Further, research on dental care has demonstrated that poor oral health care is associated with an increased rate of heart disease,3 poor self-esteem,4and even poor quality of life.5 Access to oral care is essential for North Carolina’s complete health and well-being.

So, what is dental therapy and how can it help address access to dental care in rural areas? Find out here.