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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: Ohio

    Children's Dental Health: Ohio

    Ohio meets five of eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental needs, yet unmet oral health needs are a major concern. The state continues to deliver fluoridated water to most of its residents on community systems and sealant programs to most of its high-risk schools. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma meets five of eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs, improving by one letter grade in 2010. The improvement reflects Oklahoma’s reaching the national goal of providing fluoridated water to 75 percent of its residents on community systems in 2008. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: Oregon

    Oregon meets five of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs, one more than it met in Pew’s 2010 report. The state improved by achieving the threshold for the percentage of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving dental care. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania meets three of eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs, an improvement since 2010. The state now provides Medicaid reimbursements to medical providers for preventive dental health services, such as fluoride varnish. more

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

    Children's Dental Health: Rhode Island

    Rhode Island meets five of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs. The state dropped one letter grade after examination of its rules governing dental hygienists’ ability to place sealants on students’ teeth in school-based programs. more

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