New Institute of Medicine Report: Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

The Committee on Oral Health Access to Services and the Institute of Medicine have released a new report about the consequences of the inequity of oral health care in the United States.  This report states that only one-half of the country’s population visits a dentist each year and that poor and minority children, older adults who live in rural areas, and disabled individuals are populations that are less likely to receive adequate oral health care.  Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations is targeted towards individuals in government agencies as well as health care professionals and health care organizations and provides recommendations for helping at-risk populations receive better oral health care.

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