Approximately one in five low-income children in America goes without dental care each year, according to The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children, a newly released report from the Pew Center. Pew assessed and graded states on proven policy solutions that ensure dental health and access to care.
Here are some of the findings for New York State:
- Untreated Decay and Sealant Prevalence: 33.1% of third graders with untreated tooth decay
- Percentage of Low-Income Children Receiving Dental Services: 33.7%
- Dentist Shortage: 222 Dentists Needed to Remove Shortage Designation
- State has sealant programs in place in at least 25 percent of high-risk schools: less than 25%
- State provides optimally fluoridated water to at least 75 percent of citizens on community systems:72.9%
- State meets or exceeds the national average of 38.1% children ages 1 to 18 on Medicaid receiving dental services:33.7%
To see how other states fared read the full report.