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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Midlevel dental providers perform preventive care and routine restorative duties, such as filling cavities, in a variety of settings. Eight dentists share their perspectives on these practitioners, who are similar to physician’s assistants or nurse practitioners in the medical field. Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts today commended California’s new law that expands the Virtual Dental Home, an innovative program that uses telehealth technology to bring dental services directly to patients in community settings, such as preschools, elementary schools, and nursing homes. Read More
Read the full editorial at the Washington Post. Read More