More than 385,000 children insured by Apple Health for Kids are not receiving any kind of dental care, including emergency visits. Similarly, nearly 3 in 10 children with private dental coverage in Washington did not receive any dental care in 2013.
Untreated dental disease also leads to avoidable trips to the emergency room and costly surgical procedures. It's a solvable problem. Learn more the effects of dental disease on kids and solutions to help kids stay healthy.
Every five years, the Washington State Smile Survey looks at the oral health of preschoolers, second and third graders. The 2010 survey found that low-income children and kids of color have tooth decay at significantly higher rates than the statewide average.
The state Department of Health’s fact sheet on oral health in Washington state.
The University of Washington School of Medicine authored a report in 2009 on potential workforce solutions to the growing problem of oral disease.
This Institute of Medicine report provides a roadmap for the important and necessary next steps to improve access to oral health care, reduce oral health disparities, and improve the oral health of the nation’s vulnerable and underserved populations.
This review of more than 1,100 documents on dental care provided all over the world found that mid-level providers are safely expanding access to care, especially for children.
Get the latest on the oral health components of the Affordable Care Act from the Children’s Dental Health Project.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders released this report showing a nationwide problem with oral health care access. Sanders has sponsored a bill aimed at expanding coverage, creating new access points, enhancing the workforce, improving education, and funding new research.