California-based health care providers, Dientes Community Dental Care and Salud Para La Gente, are the newest members of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation's Senior Oral Health Coalition Program. They join inaugural Washington, D.C. coalition members, Howard University College of Dentistry and Mary's Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center. The program aims to address the oral health crisis among older adults in the U.S. by promoting the connection between oral health and overall health, improving access and creating greater equity in the care and treatment older adults receive.
Why are we prioritizing senior oral health?
The addition of Dientes and Salud will help establish transformative programs that focus on improving health equity and the oral health of older adults, particularly for underserved or vulnerable populations, including BIPOC and Latinx.
Why we’re building a coalition of partners to address the senior oral health crisis
How our partners increase access and equity
As our partners provide oral health care to the seniors in their communities, they collect data on patient pathology, treatment, barriers to access and social determinants of health. The information will be used to identify effective interventions and inform the Delta Dental Senior Oral Health Care Model, which will be replicated as the program develops.
How we’ve impacted our communities
The Community Care Foundation's Senior Oral Health Coalition Program has already had a profound and positive impact on the lives and health of many underserved older adults in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Since the launch of the inaugural Senior Oral Health Coalition in Washington, D.C. in 2022, Howard University College of Dentistry and Mary’s Center have collectively provided nearly 900 older adults with affordable, high-quality oral health care services and managed more than 4,250 dental treatment encounters, including 532 restorative procedures and 207 oral surgeries, and supplied 133 sets of prosthodontics.
In the next three to five years, we look forward to a brighter future where all seniors can live their lives to the fullest, with healthy smiles and improved overall health. Stay tuned for more updates as we work together toward this vision of making a meaningful impact in the lives of those who need it most.
If you would like to learn more, read our full press release here.
Read our full press release in Spanish here.