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Pew Report Finds Majority of States Fail to Ensure Proper Dental Health & Access to Care for Children
Date:2/22/2010

"The challenge of ensuring disadvantaged children's dental health and access to care is one that can be overcome," said Ralph Fuccillo, president, the DentaQuest Foundation. "We hope states will use the information in this report to make improvements in dental care for children. There are a variety of solutions that can be achieved at relatively little cost; the return on investment for children and taxpayers is promising."

"Unfortunately, while some states are improving access to oral health care, there are still millions of children and families – especially those who are poor and live in communities of color – who can't gain access to the care that exists," said Sterling K. Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "States need to explore creative workforce solutions, such as the dental therapist model, for addressing this glaring gap in our health care system, and improving access to quality oral health care for all children."

There are many solutions that can be achieved at relatively little cost and the return on investment for children and taxpayers will be significant. Americans are expected to spend $106 billion on dental care in 2010. This includes many expensive restorative treatments – from fillings to root canals – that could have been mitigated or avoided altogether with earlier, easier and less expensive ways of ensuring adequate dental car
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