Florida lags in dental care for children

Sun-Sentinel reports: A recent study by the Pew Center for the States found that only 23.5 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children, age 18 and under, received any sort of dental care in 2008, the most recent year for which federal data were available. (In Idaho, the top-ranked state, 61 percent of eligible children saw a dentist.)

Dental health is an initiative of the Pew Center. I found the study on their website. Florida is one of just three states (joined by Delaware and Kentucky) where less than a quarter of children accessed dental services. Pew calculates that the Sunshine State faces a severe workforce shortage and needs at least 750 new dentists—almost one-tenth of all of the new dentists needed nationwide—to provide care to unserved areas




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