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

A new white paper calls for providers, insurers and employers to do more to improve literacy around dental health. The paper by Delta Dental Institute finds that Americans generally know that good dental care is important for overall health, but that dental health outcomes are lagging behind other medical areas, and that a lack of literacy and social determinants are two areas that are impeding care.

The institute’s paper outlines suggestions for addressing the literacy gap, suggesting specific steps that stakeholders can take to improve oral health literacy.

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