Our Critical Work
The number one health need
for people with disabilities is adequate dental care
6.5 million people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not able to access the dental care they need.
Children with disabilities are
30% more likely
to have their first dental visit delayed.
75% of dental students
report little to no preparation in providing care to patients with disabilities.
Everybody deserves the ability to smile, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever your ability or disability. Smiles need to be healthy. Poor oral health can lead to other health problems. PAOH and the All Smiles Shine campaign are about equal access to culturally competent oral healthcare. Join PAOH in becoming a collective catalyst for change.
If it was more affordable and more accessible, I and many others in the disability community would definitely go to the dentist more often. We often tend to take a lot of medication that builds up plaque and can cause other issues, so of course it would be great to be able to see the dentist on a regular basis to ensure all these things are taken care of. I hope Project Accessible Oral Health can draw attention to what can be done to help make this a reality. “I have not been to a dentist in about 12 years. If it was more affordable and more accessible, I and many others in the disability community would definitely go to the dentist more often.”