Expanding Access and Equity
Did you know that roughly two in five veterans describe their oral health as fair or poor? This translates to approximately eight million veterans with self-reported suboptimal oral health. Veterans experience poorer oral health outcomes compared to non-veterans; a reality exacerbated by the historically fragmented dental care systems that perpetuate inequities. AIDPH's veteran oral health initiative focus areas include:
Understanding the current barriers
veterans face in accessing oral
health care to support a systems
Exploring integrated models of care that
support the unique healthcare needs
of veterans to inform whole-person health solutions.
Partnering with community, state, and national organizations to develop a stakeholder network ready to advance oral health equity for veterans.
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Accessing routine dental care is challenging for many veterans — only 15% are eligible for dental care through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). It’s even harder for veterans living in rural communities, according to a report from the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) and CareQuest Institute.
Key findings from the report show that rural veterans are:
- more likely to rate their dental health as “poor” (35.5%) compared with urban veterans (28.5%)
- less likely to qualify for dental care coverage through the VHA (49.3% said did not qualify) compared with urban veterans (39.6% said did not qualify)
- more likely to have or need dentures (39.8%) compared with urban veterans (23%)
- paying higher out-of-pocket costs for dental care compared with urban veterans
Explore Our Veteran Oral Health Data Dashboard