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NNOHA members eliminate barriers to care.

Often called “the silent epidemic,” the prevalence of dental disease in America affects millions of people every day. Many lack access to dental care, due to factors such as insurance status, uneven provider distribution, and inadequate awareness of the importance of oral health. Safety-net oral health programs bridge the gap by providing access to care through their innovative programs.

Contracting for Dental Services

Community health centers may consider contracting with outside dental practices as a strategy to increase access to dental services. 


Integrating oral health with other disciplines like primary care and behavioral health is an effective strategy to help increase access to services and improve overall health outcomes.

Mobile Dental Programs

Health centers may consider mobile dental units or portable dental equipment to expand off-site direct dental services. 


There are many partners and allies you can be working with to leverage resources and expertise, toward a shared goal of increased oral health access.

School-based Dental Programs

School-based dental programs can be a strategy to increase access to care to important preventive measures like dental sealants and fluoride.

Special and Vulnerable Populations

Start-Up & Expansion of Dental Services

These resources provide guidance and examples of starting new dental programs or expanding existing dental programs in health centers.


Teledentistry is an innovative strategy to connect patients to oral health care.



Making a gift to the National Network for Oral Health Access is one of the easiest ways to positively impact our work, enhance our services, and help our community strengthen and increase access to oral health services.  NNOHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



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NNOHA is the largest group of safety-net oral health practitioners in the country, and our members all share a commitment to increasing access to quality oral health care for underserved populations. NNOHA is committed to providing the highest quality resources and support designed to meet the unique needs of our members and their programs.

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