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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

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Report Shows Need for Low-Cost Solutions

The Pew report highlights four proven solutions that can improve both the dental health of children and their access to care:

  • Sealants: Protective coatings applied to the teeth by a dentist or hygienist cost one third as much as filling a cavity and have been shown to prevent 60 percent of cavities. School-based programs are the most cost-effective strategy for providing sealants to disadvantaged children, yet this strategy is vastly underutilized.  
  • Community water fluoridation: Identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century, fluoridated water counteracts tooth decay and strengthens teeth. Fluoride occurs naturally in water, but the level varies within states and across the country. In addition to being the most far-reaching preventive measure states can enact, fluoridation also offers an unmatched return on investment, saving $38 in dental treatment costs for every dollar spent.  About 30 percent of the population on community water systems does not yet receive fluoridated water.  
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