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Fact Sheets: The State of Children's Dental Health

Grading the States on Dental Health Policies

More than 16 million children still lack access to basic dental care despite efforts by states to improve their dental health policies, according to a 2011 50-state report card from Pew.

The State of Children's Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter, graded states' ability to serve insured and soon-to-be insured children. In the face of major budget shortfalls, 22 states were able to raise their 2010 grades, proving that dental health policies can be improved at a relatively low cost. See how all the states did in our collection of state fact sheets below.

State Fact Sheets

    • State Fact Sheet
    May 11, 2011
    Children's Dental Health: Alabama

    Children's Dental Health: Alabama

    Alabama meets half of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at strengthening children’s dental health.

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    • State Fact Sheet
    May 11, 2011
    Children's Dental Health: Alaska

    Children's Dental Health: Alaska

    Alaska meets six of the eight policy benchmarks—one more than it met in 2010.

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    • State Fact Sheet
    May 11, 2011
    Children's Dental Health: Arizona

    Children's Dental Health: Arizona

    Arizona meets five of the eight policy benchmarks for improving children’s dental health, which is one more than the state met in 2010.

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    • State Fact Sheet
    May 11, 2011
    Children's Dental Health: Arkansas

    Children's Dental Health: Arkansas

    Arkansas met four of the eight policy benchmarks for improving children’s dental health needs, two more than it met in 2010. The change in grade reflects the fact that in 2009, more than half of the children in Arkansas’ Medicaid program received dental services, a notable increase.

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    • State Fact Sheet
    May 11, 2011
    Children's Dental Health: California

    Children's Dental Health: California

     California meets half of the eight policy benchmarks for improving children’s dental health, but children in the state still face significant barriers to accessing care.

     

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