Children's Dental Policy

Children's Dental Policy



Pew’s work on children’s dental policy helps to drive policy changes in several states. Explore news about the work our project is doing as well as media coverage about our campaign and the issue of dental health.

Project News

Media Coverage

  • February 28, 2012

    Dental Problems Showing Up as Emergencies

    A study being released today by the Pew Foundation found that 83,000 emergency department visits in California in 2007 were due to preventable dental problems. That rate of dental emergencies is likely growing quickly.


  • February 16, 2012

    Dentists to Work Just for the Smiles

    The cost of dental care can be a barrier for many families, but so can timing, said Linda Meyers, a dental hygienist who is the coordinator of the I-Smile dental health initiative for Pottawattamie and Mills Counties in Iowa.


  • February 15, 2012

    5 Years After Boy Dies From Toothache, Maryland Medicaid Dental Care is on Mend

    Maryland’s Medicaid dental care program came under fire after a Prince George’s County boy died from an untreated tooth infection that spread lethal bacteria to his brain. Five years later, the same system that failed 12-year-old Deamonte Driver is now touted as one of the best in the nation.


  • January 20, 2012

    Building a Business With Unwanted Customers

    Nationally, dentists shy away from treating Medicaid patients. Many complain that this patient population has a far higher no-show rate than patients with private insurance, according to a May 2011 report called "The State of Children's Dental Health" from the Pew Center on the States. Medicaid compensation often falls woefully short of the cost of care: 33 states reimbursed under 60.5 cents for every dollar a dentist charged, according to the Pew study.