An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Support SB 2561

12 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

Support Senate Bill 2561 • Untreated tooth decay- 96% of adults aged 65 or older has had a cavity and, 1 in 5 have untreated tooth decay • Gum disease- 68% of adults aged 65 or older have gum disease • Tooth loss- Having missing teeth or wearing dentures can affect nutrition because people without teeth or with dentures often prefer soft, easily chewed foods instead of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables • Chronic disease- Most elders take prescription medications; these drugs can cause dry mouth which leads to reduced saliva flow and increases the risk of decay Public Health Dental Hygienists are Part of the Solution! The dental practice act allows a Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) to practice if: • They hold a valid license to practice in the State • Have 2 years of full-time clinical experience or an equivalent of 4,000 hours • Have completed 42 clock hours of additional courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry • Collaborates with a dentist and has a written public health agreement with that dentist to provide access to preventive care without the dentist examining the patient first • Provides preventive care to those eligible for Medicaid or those who are uninsured and whose According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oral health problems in older adults include the following: household income is not greater than 200% of the federal poverty level

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