Poor oral health is closely linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. The dangers of poor oral health are especially serious for pregnant women and their children, and have been associated with pre-term birth and low birth weight. Access for low-income residents also remains inadequate.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition supports policies that assure all Michigan residents have equitable, affordable and timely access to oral health knowledge and care. Michigan Oral Health Coalition has identified 5 key policy priorities to make that happen by 2020.


Goal #1Increase access for Michigan residents by improving payments for Michigan providers.

Increasing and standardizing reimbursements for patients—especially adult Medicaid patients—will open the door to care for thousands of Michiganders a year.

Goal #2Improve integration between medical and dental care providers.

Our Michigan Oral Health Coalition members are already hard at work to better ensure coordination of medical, dental and behavioral health communities and will continue to expand this impact by increasing collaboration and educational opportunities by 10 percent.

Goal #3Increase fluoridation across the state.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition will work to support efforts to increase the number of communities accessing fluoridated water by 10 percent, and will publicly engage when needed to protect communities from anti-fluoridation efforts.

Goal #4Improve oral health literacy and understanding.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition is working to increase the proportion of Medicaid beneficiaries receiving at least a yearly preventative dental visit by at least 10 percent, by better providing access to culturally sensitive promotional and educational programs and messages.

Goal #5Increasing access to oral health care for at risk communities.

MOHC will build a stronger oral health safety net by securing at least one new funding source or programmatic opportunity for residents with the least access to care.