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Maintaining or restoring oral health is an essential part of being healthy. Yet poor oral health while completely preventable, is the most prevalent chronic illness in children and adults.

Access to dental care is a primary concern for Maine people, especially low income individuals or those who live in areas with few dental providers. The impact of poor oral health can extend beyond just health concerns. School children with dental pain have trouble concentrating and learning in school. Adults with missing teeth have trouble getting jobs.

Every year, MeHAF has provided grant and program support to promote better oral health. A significant proportion of our support has been directed to Maine’s network of dental safety net clinics that include community health centers (also called federally-qualified health centers of FQHCs) and stand-alone dental safety net clinics.

Since 2002, our focus on oral health has included the following:

For more information, contact Program Officer II Morgan Hynd.

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