Gaps in Prevention and Treatment

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Gaps in Prevention and Treatment

Dental Care for Low-Income Children

Abstract

Using data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families, the
researchers find that almost 10 percent of low-income children had an unmet
need for dental care - twice the level experienced by higher-income
children. Nationally, 30 percent of low-income children received no dental
care in the previous year and at least 60 percent failed to receive
recommended levels of care. Among low-income children, deficits in the use
of dental services appear greatest among those who lack health insurance,
those in poor health, and those with less educated primary caregivers.
Substantial variation in the receipt of dental care exists across the 13
states studied

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