Reporter explored efforts to make dental health a primary care priority

Mary Otto

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health and the author of "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America." She can be reached at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Elizabeth Whitman

Elizabeth Whitman

Millions of Americans face challenges in finding oral health care services. Creative efforts are underway to tackle the problem.

Some of the more exciting initiatives aim to broaden access by delivering dental care in community and primary care settings rather than traditional dental offices. In a recent feature for Modern Healthcare, quality and safety beat reporter Elizabeth Whitman looked at some of these approaches.

Whitman reminded readers that broadening access to dental care helps individual patients and the health care system as a whole. In this new Q&A for AHCJ, she talks about how she tackled the story and shares tips on where reporters can find examples in their communities.

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