Tell Your Legislator: We need to expand the dental team now.

More than half of Maine’s low-income children don’t have access to a dentist. Neither do tens of thousands of adults. But when toothaches go untreated, they can lead to the hospital emergency room where care is more expensive and taxpayers often pick up the bill.

With 48 percent of our dentists near retirement, this problem is going to get worse — unless we act now.

Maine can help address this shortage by expanding the dental team — with a healthcare professional who works with a dentist and can handle routine procedures like cleanings and fillings.

Seventy-eight percent of Mainers agree this is a change we need to make. Now it’s up to our legislators.


We want to apologize for any confusion between our web site - Dental Access For ME, with the Maine Dental Access Coalition. The Dental Access Coalition has recently been renamed the Maine oral Health Coalition and can be found at www.maineoralhealthcoalition.org  to reflect that its mission extends to include the quality and affordability of oral health care, as well as access. We are happy to support the good work done by the Maine Oral Health Coalition and hope that all of our supporters will also.

More than half of Maine’s children don’t have access to routine dental care.

..and neither do hundreds of thousands of adults.  

Which means toothaches and routine dental care are not being cared for.

  • Uncared for problems lead to great medical emergencies
  • Trips to emergency rooms increase the cost of insurance for all
  • Access to basic care for a child should never be in question


And The Problem Is About To Get Worse!

With 48 percent of our dentists near retirement, this problem is going to get worse — unless we act now. 


There Is A Solution!

Passing a law that will expand the dental team - with Dental Hygiene Therapists – will make it easier for more Mainers to get the care they need.

This professional works with a dentist and can handle routine procedures like cleanings and fillings - and serve the rural areas and the thousands of Maine residents who do not have access to basic dental care.

But we need your help ...

Seventy-eight percent of Mainers agree this is a change we need to make.
The bill is before the Maine legislature and your voice can help - click here to for a quick and easy way you can help by sending a message directly to your elected representatives.