The Virginia Oral Health Coalition is an alliance of individuals and organizations who are committed to bringing excellent oral health to all Virginians through policy change, public awareness and innovative new programs.
Current Coalition activities include:
- Implementing the Virginia Oral Health Plan – a living document of 19 objectives created to address oral health access needs of the Commonwealth;
- Increasing the number of Virginia children who have a dental home through the Virginia Dental Home Initiative; and,
- Ensuring the pediatric oral health benefit available to Virginia children is affordable, accessible and understandable.
The fundamental link between oral health and overall health is undisputed. Dental disease in children is linked with failure to thrive, compromised nutrition, poor self-esteem and impaired school performance. Untreated dental diseases are associated with myriad systematic and costly health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and poor pregnancy outcomes.
We invite you to explore this site, learn more about the Virginia Oral Health Coalition’s advocacy and education efforts and discover how you can join us to make a difference in Virginia’s dental health — now and in the future.