Oral Health Services in Rural America


This review identifies the challenges to oral health in rural America and describes areas of innovation in prevention, delivery of dental services, and workforce development that may improve oral health for rural populations. This paper was part of a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. The purpose of the special issue was to further develop ideas presented at the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop, “The Sufficiency of the U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade.” Using the IOM discussions as their starting point, the authors evaluate oral health care delivery system performance for specific populations’ needs and explore the roles that the workforce can play in improving the care delivery model. The contributing articles provide a broad framework for stimulating and evaluating innovation and change in the oral health care delivery system. The articles in this special issue point to many deficits in the current oral health care delivery system and provide compelling arguments and proposals for improvements.






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Skillman SM, Doescher MP, Mouradian WE, Brunson DK The challenge to delivering oral health services in rural America PUBLICATION 06-01-2010 Article