Many children on Medicaid aren't receiving dental care

04/24/2014 | Reuters

In an analysis of Medicaid data and caregiver interviews for 1,000 children without prior dental visits in 2007, researchers found that over the course of the two-year study nearly 40% of the children visited a dentist for the first time. Dental emergencies were a common cause of initial dental visits. Neglected oral health among caregivers was associated with reduced likelihood of children visiting the dentist, researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics.

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