Reimbursing Physicians for Fluoride Varnish: A Cost-Effective Solution


Dental care is the single greatest unmet need among children, and the scale of the problem is particularly serious for young children. The pain from untreated cavities in children imposes a daily toll on children’s lives, causing problems performing in school and difficulty sleeping, playing and eating.

Fluoride varnish is an inexpensive but important tool in improving children's dental health. When states compensate physicians for oral health care, they reduce the tremendous barriers low-income children face in accessing dental health care.

 

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