Children's Dental Policy

Dental care is the greatest unmet need among children. In 2009, more than 14 million low-income children went without care. Tooth decay affects nearly 60 percent of kids. If untreated, the consequences can be painful and disruptive to learning and daily activities. In extreme cases, untreated decay can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening infections.

Our research and advocacy efforts focus on four efficient, cost-effective strategies:

  • Expanding the number of professionals who can provide high-quality dental care to low-income children;
  • Ensuring that Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program work better for kids and for providers so that insurance coverage translates into real care;
  • Expanding access to fluoridated water; and
  • Increasing sealant programs for kids who need them most.

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Mary McNamara

Manager, Communications