Report Looks at Dental Care Gaps Among California Children
"Dental Care for California Children: A Tale of Haves and Have Nots," California HealthCare Foundation: Using data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey, the report shows that children from low-income, minority households are most likely to have oral disease. In addition, uninsured children are the least likely to have recently visited a dentist and most likely to have never received dental care. Nearly one-quarter of California children have never been to a dentist, including half of all children under the age of five. The report provides suggestions for additional research and public health initiatives that could help underserved children obtain dental care (CHCF release, 2/13).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.