HHS gives Florida health centers $4.6M for dental care

Sixteen of Florida's community health centers have received grants to advance oral healthcare from HHS, according to Floridian Press

In total, HHS is investing $4.6 million to expand patients’ access to dental care.

There are 500 community health centers around Florida that provide care to more than 1.4 million low-income residents. Federal data indicates an increase in dental visits to the Florida health centers over the past three years, according to Floridian Press.

"These funds will be used to upgrade equipment, provide more integration between oral health services and primary care at the health centers, and expand service sites across the state," Andrew Behrman, President and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, said to Floridian Press.

EIghty percent of dental-related emergency room visits could have been prevented, the American Dental Association reports. Federal funding for early detection and preventative dental care could decrease ER visits and the overall healthcare system cost. 

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