Oral health is vital to overall health. Yet for too many Washington families, timely and routine oral health care is out of reach.
Nearly 400,000 Washington kids covered by Apple Health don’t see a dentist each year.
Washingtonians of every background need high-quality, timely and routine oral health care performed by a team of licensed dental professionals: dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and — if authorized by state lawmakers — dental therapists.
Across the state, 37 out of 39 counties have too few dental professionals to meet local needs. People with special needs,
elderly people in nursing homes, parents in low-income families and communities of color, and people who live in rural and Tribal communities are feeling the worst effects of our shortage of providers.The high-quality care provided by dental therapists can help solve this shortage.
Its time to take action and ask legislators: Why are Washington State's children and communities still waiting for the care dental therapists can provide?