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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: Colorado

    Children's Dental Health: Colorado

    Colorado meets five of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs. The state meets all of the same benchmarks that it did in 2010, but there are mixed signs of progress.

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

    Children's Dental Health: Connecticut

    Connecticut meets six of the eight policy benchmarks for strengthening children’s dental health. The state meets all the same benchmarks that it did last year, although Medicaid payments slid from 86.5 to 78.5 percent of dentists’ median fees.

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

    Children's Dental Health: Delaware

    Delaware meets five of the eight benchmarks aimed at improving children’s dental health, three more than it met in 2010. This large improvement is due to the state surpassing the benchmark for water fluoridation, and also reinstating its school-linked sealant program.

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    • State Fact Sheet
    May 11, 2011
    Children's Dental Health: District of Columbia

    Children's Dental Health: District of Columbia

    The District of Columbia meets three of the eight benchmarks for improving children’s dental health. The District has continued to improve the percentage of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving dental care, surpassing the benchmark.

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

    Children's Dental Health: Florida

    Florida meets two of the eight policy benchmarks for strengthening children’s dental health. Florida was the worst performer with regard to ensuring low-income children’s access to care. more

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