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Pew Report: Florida Failing To Address Children's Dental Health Crisis
Date:2/22/2010

s. Only 24 percent of the state's Medicaid-enrolled children received dental services in 2007, making Florida one of just three states (joined by Delaware and Kentucky) where less than a quarter of Medicaid-enrolled children accessed dental services.  Pew calculates that the Sunshine State faces a severe workforce shortage and needs at least 750 dentists – almost one tenth of all of the new dentists needed nationwide – to provide care to unserved areas.  

"Florida's policy makers need to do more to expand dental care to reach more children," said Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Children's Dental Campaign. "By enacting a handful of effective policies, Florida can help eliminate the long-term health and economic consequences of untreated dental disease among kids."

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  Nationwide, an estimated one in five children, or 17 million, goes without dental care each year and two thirds of states do not have key policies in place to ensure proper dental health and access to care for children.

Pew scored all 50 states and the District of Columbia,
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