Becoming an Oral Health Champion

Older man holding glassesEstablishing oral health champions is critical to successfully integrating oral health into your organization’s programs and services.

For older adults, especially those with chronic illness, oral health can have a great impact.¬†Poor oral health can exacerbate a health condition while positive oral health can improve a condition. Historically, there’s been limited funding for oral health programs and services for the older adult population. By integrating oral health into the existing prevention programs and services of your organization, you can make a significant difference in the health and well-being of the seniors you serve. Your organization’s champions will play a critical role in the success of this process.

The Oral Health Toolkit provides concrete ideas and case studies of what other organizations have done; it’s up to the champions within your organization to determine which methods will work best within your own community.