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Better policy = healthier kids and families

Everyone should have access to good oral health care because it is central to overall health. But, too many adults and children in Washington cannot get the dental care and prevention services they need. That’s why we work with policymakers in Olympia to improve health policies.

We are changing the way policymakers and the public view oral health.

Through advocacy, outreach and grassroots organizing we are pushing for oral health policies that lead to better oral health for all and save money for families, businesses and taxpayers.

  • We organized Oral Health Watch, a coalition of dental, medical, business, labor, children’s and seniors’ groups, to build support for policies that promote prevention and early treatment of oral disease.
  • In 2014, Oral Health Watch helped restore dental coverage through Apple Health for more than 850,000 low-income adults in Washington. The goal is to reduce the number of people forced to seek expensive emergency room care for dental pain. We continue to work on improvements to Apple Health so it works betters for individuals, dental providers and the state.
  • Through local advocacy and funding for equipment, we help communities choose or keep fluoridated water. Fluoridated water is the most effective and low-cost tool available to prevent tooth decay for everyone, young and old. In Washington, only 53% of communities receive the benefits of fluoridated water, compared to 75% nationwide.
  • We bring people together in Washington and across the nation to discuss important oral health topics and encourage action.

Learn more about our public policy and advocacy work at OralHealthWatch and Fluoride Works.

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