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WLRN Public Radio: Amazing Sealants Defeat Childhood Tooth Decay But Does Florida Care? Study Says 'No'

Florida is missing a cheap and easy bet for improving the dental health of its children, according to a new survey.

The Pew Children's Dental Campaign gives the state a "D," mostly because it does little to make sure kids have access to decay-fighting tooth sealant programs in public schools.

 The sealant is a plastic resin that's painted on the teeth and then protects them, sometimes for years, against acid and plaque. It’s pretty cheap, health experts say, but the sealant programs are available in only about 25 percent of Florida public schools.

Fourteen other states got Ds in the Pew survey. There were only five As.

"If we just did the basic things, it would dramatically reduce oral health  disease and improve quality of life, and sealants are one of the easiest things we can do — that and tooth brushing," Roderick K. King, executive director for the Florida Public Health Institute, told the Sun Sentinel.

Read the full article at WLRN.org.

Projects:
Children's Dental Policy
Issues:
Access to Dental Care, Sealants, Children's Health
 
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