Oral Health and the Triple Aim — Evidence and Strategies to Improve Care and Reduce Costs
Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can help states improve patient care, improve population health, and reduce costs. This brief, supported by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, explores how oral health intersects with diabetes, maternal and child health, and avoidable emergency department use. State policies to leverage this evidence include Medicaid benefit design, professional education and licensing, and incorporating oral health into reform efforts. A companion toolkit dives deeper into evidence on potential cost-savings and case studies of strategies to connect oral health care and medical care service delivery.