Clinical Quality Services - Oral Health (Dental)

The Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC) understands that the leading goal of Florida’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) is to provide quality primary healthcare services to the various underserved, uninsured and/or special populations that they serve. This goal would be unattainable if not for dedicated clinical staff ensuring that all Floridian’s, regardless of insurance or income status, have a permanent medical home.

There has always been a need to provide safe, affordable and quality oral health services to Florida's population -- insured or not. Education and awareness of the impacts and benefits of proper oral health care have been increasing, and with it, the demand has also gone up. Fortunately, the State's FQHCs have been responding to that need through expansion of locations and staff.

FACHC has also been expanding its efforts to work with Centers and partners to enhance the capabilities of the FQHCs and strengthen the Oral Health Safety Net. 

FACHC Florida Oral Health Partners

  • Florida Dental Association The Florida Dental Association is a statewide association representing Floirda-licensed dentists.
  • Florida Dental Hygienist Association The Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA), founded in 1926, represents the more than 10,000 dental hygienists who practice in the state of Florida.
  • Florida Dental Hygienist Association The Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA), founded in 1926, represents the more than 10,000 dental hygienists who practice in the state of Florida.
  • Oral Health Florida FACHC is a Member of the Leadership Council for this Coalition, comprised of a broad-based group of agencies, institutions, organizations, communities, stakeholders, policymakers, leaders and other individuals whose mission is to promote and advocate for optimal oral health and well-being of all persons in Florida. This mission is accomplished through the implementation of the State Oral Health Improvement Plan.

National Organizations Focused on Oral Health

  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Hygienist Association
  • National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) National Network for Oral Health Access envisions a future in which individuals and communities are aware of the importance of oral health to overall health, engage in recommended oral health practices, and receive affordable, high quality oral health services. Achieving this vision requires everyone to have access to care, regardless of income or geography.
  • Authority Dental Organization (formerly Oral Health America) Authority Dental's mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Our vision is a future free of oral disease and pain.
  • National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families.
  • Children's Dental Health Project CDHP helps policymakers and oral health advocates identify innovative, cost-effective strategies for improving health.
  • The Campaign for Dental Health The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) was created to ensure every American has access to the most affordable and most effective way to protect teeth — water fluoridation. The CDH is a network of local children’s and oral health advocates, health professionals and scientists who are working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health.
  • Tooth Wisdom Oral Health Resources for Older Adults
  • Centers for Disease Control - Oral Health [Data and Information] The CDC’s Division of Oral Health (DOH) works to improve the oral health of the nation and reduce inequalities in oral health by helping states improve their oral health programs and extending the use of proven strategies to prevent oral disease. These goals are achieved by encouraging the effective use of fluoride products and community water fluoridation and promoting greater use of school-based and –linked dental sealant programs. The CDC also enhances efforts to monitor oral diseases, such as dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal infections (gum disease), while contributing to the scientific knowledge-base regarding oral health and disease, guiding infection control in dentistry and helping states improve their oral health programs.

Oral Health Resources

Dental Director Roundtable