I'm pleased to share some highlights of the work we are doing at the Foundation to improve oral and overall health for everyone in Washington. Check out some of our recent activities including developing an animated video for people with diabetes and new materials to motivate parents to seek sealants for their children.  We are also producing new TV spots for The Mighty Mouth campaign. Increasing public awareness of the value of oral health will help improve personal behaviors and build support for policies that lead to better oral health for all. 
Thank you to all of our partners, without you this work would not be possible.
Please contact us if you have questions or ideas on ways to spread the message that oral health matters.

Diane Oakes
President & CEO
Summer 2016 - In This Issue:
Update on Apple Health Dental Program

It's been two years since Medicaid (Apple Health) adult dental benefit was restored in Washington.  National changes to expand eligibility means more low-wage workers (including students, healthcare workers and childcare providers) are now enrolled in Medicaid.  Improvements in Medicaid are necessary in order to ensure those in need have access to dental care.   Learn more
Do you know how diabetes and oral health are linked?  

It is an important question because 750,000 people in Washington have diabetes.  A survey conducted by Washington Dental Service Foundation found that many people with diabetes do not know good oral health can make it easier to manage their diabetes. This knowledge gap needs to be addressed because diabetes is on the rise.   Learn more

Turns out the Tooth Fairy is named Lou!    

Presenting oral health information in new and surprising ways along with influencing  healthy  behaviors are the goals of The Mighty Mouth campaign.  Learn more 
Many children don't have sealants, an effective way to prevent cavities
Sealants are covered for children by Apple Health (Medicaid) and many other dental benefit plans.  The Foundation is reaching out to parents encouraging them to talk to their dentists about sealants.  
Increasing access to care for underserved patients
In the past 6 months, the Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in grants to increase access to care for the underserved by expanding dental capacity across the state.  Learn more
CDEs are available free to Washington dentists
Free Continuing Dental Education courses on a variety of topics are now available!  Learn more

State Board of Health adopts national standard on water fluoridation 
The Washington State Board of Health voted to adopt the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended standard for community water fluoridation. Learn more

Share important oral health information with your patients
The Foundation provides oral health education materials for your patients. 

Click here to see a current listing of the Foundation's educational offerings available free of charge to people who live in Washington. Several publications are available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Cambodian.