Dental care

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Why This Indicator Matters

Oral health is a critical component of a child's overall health and well-being, but many children nationwide do not receive adequate or comprehensive oral health care. While inadequate oral health is a widespread problem, dental disease is most likely to affect children from low-income communities, minority groups or children with special health care needs. Strategies to help prevent oral health problems include increasing access to dental care services, expending prevention education efforts and increasing the number of dental providers in underserved areas.
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