Children’s Oral Health: Progress, Policy Development, And Priorities For Continued Improvement

HPI’s Marko Vujicic Shares Priorities for Continued Improvement in Children’s Oral Health in Health Affairs

A new article in Health Affairs shares strategies and priorities for improving the oral health of children in the U.S. The article was co-authored by Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist and vice president of the ADA’s Health Policy Institute, and James J. Crall, chair of the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, University of California Los Angeles. 

In addition to highlighting improvements during the past twenty-five years in US children’s oral health and oral health care that stem from major federal and state initiatives, as well as persistent disparities, Vujicic and Crall also share promising strategies for reducing gaps and suggestions for overcoming challenges to future progress. 

According to the authors, “future progress will depend on sustained vigilance, commitment, and collaborative innovation by a broad range of stakeholders.”