Access to oral health care for Santa Cruz County's low income population is a problem that, until recently, has never been quantified.
The study, Increasing Access to Dental Services for Children and Adults on the Central Coast, measures the oral health needs of Santa Cruz County. Findings show a striking under-utilization of care that can impact overall health, employment opportunities, and social connectedness.
Oral Health Access Santa Cruz County has banded together to develop ways to bridge the gaps in access. The solution requires dynamic community involvement and is based on the premise: Whether you are a dentist or not, you too can help solve the dental access and oral health challenges of Santa Cruz County.