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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: Vermont

    Children's Dental Health: Vermont

    Vermont meets five of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs. The state reports that its Tooth Tutor school-linked sealant program reaches more than half of its high-risk schools. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: Virginia

    Virginia meets half of the eight benchmarks aimed at addressing children's dental health needs. The state's Medicaid payment rates fell relative to dentists' usual fees, sliding below Pew's benchmark.

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

    Children's Dental Health: Washington

    Washington meets five of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health. Despite severe dental workforce shortages—35 of the state’s 39 counties do not have enough dentists—the state reduced adult dental services in 2010, further reducing residents’ ability to get regular dental care. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: West Virginia

    West Virginia meets half of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental care, a significant improvement since 2010. The state reports that sealant programs are now in more than one-quarter of high-risk schools. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin meets half of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs. Use of dental services among Medicaid-enrolled children remains stubbornly low, with just three in 10 children receiving care. more

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