Missourians are among the worst in the nation when it comes to good oral health. The major cause for this is that, in communities like Cass County, Mo., Medicaid patients outnumber Medicaid providers. Missouri Coalition for Oral Health, funded in part by HCF, is out to change this. They are working to boost the overall oral health of Missourians through advocacy, like working to reinstate a state dental director — a position vacant for more than 10 years — and providing a state oral health caucus to inform lawmakers. There’s a lot of hope for the future of oral health in Missouri.