Good oral health helps our physical and mental health. Dental disease can harm our heart and lungs, complicate diabetes and affect our cognitive ability as we age. It can also take a toll on our mental health, as one factor leading to depression and low self-confidence. It can impact our ability to secure and keep employment and It can complicate pregnancy endangering both mother and child. Over 99% of Arizonans say that oral health is important to them, yet many face significant obstacles to care. Individuals without dental coverage experience a disproportionate share of oral disease. At present, over one million adults over the age of 21 who participate in AHCCCS do not have a dental benefit for preventative dental services. AHCCCS oral health benefits are reserved for emergencies and capped at $1,000, with very few exceptions. 78% of low income Arizonans cite cost as the biggest barrier to accessing dental care. Untreated dental problems have devastating impacts on the individual and widespread untreated dental problems put unnecessary strain on state resources. An AHCCCS adult dental benefit would allow all Arizonans to access vital dental services and would save the state money by preventing costly health complications caused or exacerbated by poor oral health. This is a problem we can solve. Dental disease is 100% preventable. Oral Health is essential health. Join us.