December 14, 2015 — When it comes to oral health in the U.S., it’s easy to focus on the work that still needs to be done. However, a hefty new ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) report details a promising trend for oral health, even amid the sometimes dreary statistics.
The report, which was published on December 9, looked at oral health trends in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It contained a number of promising findings, including that access to dental care has significantly increased for children enrolled in Medicaid.
In 2000, 29% of Medicaid children saw a dentist within the past year, but 48% had by 2013. The sharp increase helped to narrow the oral healthcare gap between Medicaid children and those with private insurance.
Source: Infographic: New ADA report shows state of U.S. oral health DR. BICUSPID