Dental care is one of the greatest unmet needs among children. The latest data from 2013 show that nearly 16 million low-income children went without care. Pew’s work on children’s dental issues promotes cost-effective policies that expand access to dental care so that millions more children receive the treatment they need to grow, learn, and lead healthy lives.
Our research and advocacy efforts focus on several efficient, cost-effective strategies:
- Expanding the number of professionals who can provide high-quality dental care to low-income children.
- Ensuring that coverage from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program leads to real care.
- Expanding access to fluoridated water.
- Expanding programs that provide dental sealants so that all children who need them receive them.
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Pew’s initiative for children’s dental policy promotes community water fluoridation as one of the most effective and least expensive strategies for improving oral health. Lauded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, the adjustment of fluoride levels in drinking water has dramatically improved oral... Read More