Maryland Oral Health Plan

The Maryland Oral Health Plan 2018-2023 is a five-year roadmap to improved oral health for all Marylanders. It builds on the oral health improvements achieved since the release of the first state plan in 2011, identifies critical remaining gaps, and outlines strategies to expand access to oral health care, prevent oral diseases and injury, and improve the oral health and overall health of residents statewide.

The plan is a framework to guide our collective efforts. It outlines 11 key goals, which are intentionally non-prescriptive to enable the development of innovative implementation strategies to meet the needs of Maryland’s unique regions and communities.

Thanks to the collective efforts of MDAC and its coalition members, partners, and stakeholders, Maryland has become a model for the nation in improving the oral health of its children. Now we need to do the same for adults. Improved access to oral health care, more preventative oral health care programs, statewide oral health literacy campaigns, and higher levels of community awareness will all contribute to Improvements in the oral health status of all Marylanders.

The Maryland Oral Health Plan is financially supported by the Maryland Department of Health.

  • All Maryland children have comprehensive dental insurance coverage through public (Medicaid/CHIP) or private insurance.
  • All Maryland adults have comprehensive dental insurance coverage through Medicaid or private insurance.
  • All Maryland residents have a dental home.
  • Strengthen the oral health safety net provider system
  • Integrate the oral health care system within the medical health care system.
  • Use data to advance optimal oral health for all Marylanders.
  • Improve public awareness of oral disease and injury prevention.
  • Promote community-based oral disease and injury prevention programs.
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between oral health and overall health, and promote good oral health practices and access to oral health care.
  • Improve collaboration between oral health and other health and human services providers so that patients understand how to navigate the oral health care system and establish a dental home.
  • Educate medical professionals and students about the importance of the oral/systemic connection and foster collaboration between medical and dental disciplines and communities.

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