Dramatic Need for Change in Rural Communities’ Access to Dental Care

The DentaQuest Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting optimal oral health through efficient, effective and high-quality care, today issued its new white paper, “MORE Care: Narrowing the Rural Interprofessional Oral Health Care Gap.” Developed by five authors and reviewed by a panel of leading health experts, the guidance resource outlines key information and learnings from the multi-year Medical Oral Expanded Care (MORE Care) Initiative, which establishes interprofessional oral health networks (IPOHNs) to integrate and coordinate person-centered oral health care in rural communities.

MORE Care seeks to address the engrained oral and overall health disparities as well as the challenges rural residents face in accessing needed health care through cross-collaboration and coordination between primary care and dental teams.

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