“The lack of access to affordable dental care is often a barrier to getting jobs, and improved oral health can increase confidence in daily life. For many, teledentistry innovations break down some of those racial and economic barriers. It can create a more affordable and approachable opportunity to access dental care services, such as teeth straightening, that can make a significant difference in an individual’s life.”
– Alice Huffman, NAACP California
The Coalition for Affordable Dental Access advocates for increased access to affordable dental care through innovative healthcare programs like teledentistry. We support expanding teledentistry platforms so that more Californians have access to affordable, high-quality oral care.
Teledentistry encourages good dental hygiene which leads to higher overall health outcomes and an improved quality of life. The Coalition for Affordable Dental Access opposes any legislation that adds unnecessary barriers to accessible dental care.
This is why we oppose any policy that attempts to:
Increase costs for Californians to access teledentistry services to straighten teeth.
Take away CA licensed dentists’ clinical judgment when using teledentistry to straighten teeth.
Expose patients to unwarranted, unnecessary, and harmful radiographs that have been directly linked to causing brain, thyroid, and meningioma cancer.
Create barriers for disadvantaged communities to access teledentistry services with less accessibility and increased costs.
Join leaders across California advocating to increase access to affordable dental care to all Californians:
American TeleDentistry Association
Black Chamber of Commerce
Black Small Business Association
Compton Latino Chamber
Greater Sacramento Urban League
Latin Business Association
National Asian American Coalition
National Diversity Coalition
Urban Ministries, Inc.
Urban Outreach Foundation