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.