Wisdom Tooth Project



OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project changes the lives of older adults
especially vulnerable to oral disease.


First-of-Its-Kind Website to Connect Older Adults to Affordable Dental Care and Resources


 

Our goals are simple:

EDUCATE

Our web portal, toothwisdom.org, aims to reach over 40 million care advisors and the older adults they love—educating on topics relevant to caring for an aging mouth with health information in plain language and local resources to access affordable care.

LEARN MORE

 

CONNECT

In addition to connecting older adults to care via toothwisdom.org, the Wisdom Tooth Project™ also seeks to connect health professionals in aging and oral health to best facilitate comprehensive care for older adults through national and regional symposia.

SEE OUR FIRST STEPS IN CONNECTING CARE

ADVOCATE

advocate

Locally and nationally, we’re advocating for oral health equity for older adults. Read our 2013 report, A State of Decay, to find out more about public health and policy issues behind the oral health of older adults and also learn how your state fares.

HELP US SPEAK UP


learn more about

OUR AGING NATION


  • In 20 years, nearly 25% of the U.S. population will be age 60 or older. That’s over 90 million older adults. Most of them will not have access to dental care. Help us prepare
  • In 2009, family caregivers provided over $450 billion in unpaid care for an adult with limitations in daily activities, including oral health. Support them and learn more
  • Every day in the U.S., 10,000 adults reach age 65. Medicare doesn’t help them pay for dental care. Make sure they’re covered
For more information about the oral health of older adults, please read our national report, A State of Decaywhich includes data on every state.
See the State of Decay infographic here.

 


 

the Wisdom Tooth Project’s

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

WEB PORTAL – TOOTHWISDOM.ORG IS LIVE!!!

• Connects communities with education and access to care resources

• Tailored for older adults and their care advisors

• National site and regional pages

  • Do you work with older adults on a daily basis? Learn more how you can serve as a content expert for our web portal hereEmail Bailey to sign up for an article within your field of expertise.

DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

• Oral Medicine Clinics at University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

• Web portal pilot project in partnership with community leaders in Connecticut

• Disparities research at University of Florida College of Dentistry

 

REGIONAL SYMPOSIA

• Collaboration events uniting a diverse group of health professionals and community leaders

• Aim to inspire strategic change to improve the oral health of older adults

 

PUBLICATIONS

A State of Decay: The Oral Health of Older Americans, Vol. II. To see the original 2003 report, click here.

• Silver Book in conjunction with the Alliance for Aging Research

 

COMMUNICATIONS

The Wisdom Tooth Insider e-updates

• OHA’s Fall for Smiles® national messaging campaign

• Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and Ad Council Campaign

 

 


SIGN UP FOR THE WISDOM TOOTH INSIDER

 

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