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  "Most people know that regular medical and dental check-ups are important. But most of us don't realize that the health of our mouth is important not only for our oral health, but for our overall health as well."  

The Lifelong Smiles Coalition was formed to increase the access to oral health care for older Iowans. The group consists of state agencies, advocacy organizations, trade associations, health professionals, academic institutions, and funders.

In addition to strategic planning to create sustainable ways to help this population, Coalition members are working to improve education and training, care coordination, and policies.



Check out these videos featuring some of our Coalition partners:



Why This Matters
Lifelong Smiles Coalition - At A Glance

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Older Iowans Struggle to Access Dental Care

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Is Iowa Ready to meet the oral health needs of the Silver Tsunami?

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Thinking of retiring soon? Did you know that Medicare does not cover dental?

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