Dentist working on patient A 2019CDC report found that one in four Americans have untreated toothdecay, which suggests that Americans are not getting the oralhealth care they need. (Photo: iStock)

A new white paper calls for providers, insurers and employers todo more to improve literacy around dental health. The paper byDelta Dental Institute finds that Americansgenerally know that good dental care is important for overallhealth, but that dental health outcomes are lagging behind othermedical areas, and that a lack of literacy and social determinantsare two areas that are impeding care.

The institute's paper outlines suggestions for addressing theliteracy gap, suggesting specific steps that stakeholders can taketo improve oral health literacy.

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