Dental Health Matters

dhm_logo_colorDental Health Matters is a CDA initiative that links programs and services that support improved access to dental care with community stakeholders—oral healthcare and medical organizations, policymakers and the general public—who have an interest in making a difference in their communities.

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Working together, this coalition can effect change on the access-to-care front. Why? Because Dental Health Matters.

What Does Dental Health Matters Support?

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One of Clinica Family Health’s pediatric patients receives an oral health exam during a recent visit to the Pecos Dental Clinic.

Access to Dental Care

  • Dental-Medical Integration: Across Colorado, dental-medical integration has created dental homes in communities in need. Clinica Family Health Home, Walsh Dental Clinic Springfield Satellite and Marillac Clinic are just three examples of oral healthcare and medical professionals who work together to provide a whole healthcare experience for patients.
  • Rural Dental Centers: Dr. Arnold Cullum of Colorado Springs, Colo., has taken it upon himself, with the help of his business partner and nonprofit consultant Annette Zacharias, to make a difference in Colorado communities with no immediate access to dental care—via the mobile dental clinic Rural Dental Centers.
  • Campaign for a Healthier Colorado: The campaign is leading the effort to pass Amendment 72 this election season. From an oral healthcare standpoint, Amendment 72 would use funds from increased taxes on tobacco products to keep more kids from starting to smoke, help smokers quit and increase access to dental care by expanding dental training and opportunities to practice in Colorado’s rural, mountain and underserved areas.

Community Water Fluoridation

  • Colorado Fluoride Facts: Colorado Fluoride Facts is a public service project dedicated to helping Coloradans better understand the facts and benefits of community water fluoridation. The site is maintained through partnership between the CDA and Oral Health Colorado.

Volunteer-based Dental Clinics

  • A dentist looks at images of a patient's teeth with her during the 2016 Colorado Mission of Mercy.

    A dentist looks at images of a patient’s teeth with her during the 2016 Colorado Mission of Mercy.

    Colorado Mission of Mercy: The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) provides quality dental services, at no cost, to individuals of all ages who cannot afford and access dental care; eliminating dental pain, promoting oral health, creating smiles, and providing oral health education.

  • Give Kids a Smile: Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.