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Report calls for changes in oral healthcare
Updated: 1/27/2012 1:00:04 PM

Report calls for changes in oral healthcare As many people work to improve their dental health, a new report has recently come out detailing how to improve dental healthcare. TheHill.com recently published an article on the report, which was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the DentaQuest Institute.

Two of the efforts the report calls for are better use of electronic health data and expanded use of non-dental professionals to deliver care, an idea that has been presented as a way to provide care to individuals who live in areas where there are few dentists.

"The focus on quality improvement for overall health care is an important opportunity to improve the quality of oral health care," study author Paul Glassman said in a statement, quoted by the news source."The biggest problem now is we are developing many measures, but they need to be connected to performance of the system."

DentistryIQ.com also published an article on this report and added that Alice Warner, program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation cited a disturbing statistic that highlights the need for improved oral healthcare. According to Warner, 37 percent of African American children and 41 percent of Hispanic children in the U.S. have untreated tooth decay, compared with 25 percent of white children, which is unacceptable.

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