The cost of delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in five children

The report omits some policy areas that we consider as important to improve children’s access to care. For example, some states have innovative programs like forgiveness of student loans and tax incentives to help dentists establish practices in areas not served or practice in community health centers. patients and parents need oral health education to help them take care of themselves and their families to prevent the disease. Many of them need additional services such as transport, in order to be able to get to dental appointments. If Medicaid has done a better job of these things, treatment costs would decrease, because it would be better to prevent disease and the treatment less.The law follows two other similar bills – AB 1945 and AB 2, both from De La Torre – have passed the legislature, but were rejected by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The ADA and state dental societies have a long history as the nation’s leading advocate for oral health. ADA members donated some $ 2.16 billion in free care to disadvantaged children and adults, both as individuals and through programs such as giving Their smiles and Missions of Mercy, in 2007 alone. But we are the first to admit that we can not do it alone, and the charity is not a substitute for effective, equitable distribution of oral health. We are grateful for the assistance of the Pew Center and others who are willing to lend a hand to this question will be a long uphill battle

Even in countries where Pew awarded an A, countless children have no access to dental care and suffer accordingly. These guys are like your children. Outside of these children can not eat or sleep properly, can not pay attention to school, you can not even smile because of dental disease untreated.