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Dental Health Agenda for Children 

Support AB 1174

Virtual Dental Home

Good dental health is critical to children's overall health, learning, and general well-being. Yet, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, even though it is largely preventable. Untreated dental disease results in pain and suffering, problems with eating and speaking, compromised learning, missed schools days, and unfortunately--in rare cases--death.

Dental disease disproportionately affects our most underserved children. Low-income children suffer twice as much from dental disease as their higher income peers, and their disease is more likely to be untreated. Children from minority backgrounds also suffer disproportionately from dental disease.

The Children's Partnership (TCP) Dental Health Agenda for Children is committed to ensuring that all children receive the dental health care they need. Our strategy includes:

>> New Dental Workforce Models

>> 21st Century  Technology

>> Enrollment in Dental Coverage

>> Accessing Dental Care through Medi-Cal

>> Meet the Children Behind the Issue  

  

Restore Funding to California Children’s Dental Disease
Prevention Program (CCDDPP) 
  

  

  

A highly successful program that helped to improve the oral health of California’s underserved children between 1980 and 2009, CCDDPP provided school-based oral health prevention services to hundreds of thousands of underserved children. Funding for the program was suspended indefinitely in 2009. Download the background paper to learn more. 

 

 

Our Latest on Dental Health

  • Jenny Kattlove Explains the Need for Virtual Dental Home
    on April 10, 2014
  • Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved
    on March 27, 2014
  • California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program
    on February 14, 2014
  • Kathleen Hamilton Explains Positive Change for Children's Dental Health Through Covered California
    on February 11, 2014
  • Overwhelming Bipartisan Support on Dental Access Bill, AB 1174
    on January 27, 2014
 
DO YOU KNOW?

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, 5 times more prevalent than asthma and 7 times more prevalent than hay fever.(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

 

Dental Issue Brief

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Spotlights stories of children enrolled in Medi-Cal trying to access dental care, and the challenges facing Medi-Cal in providing dental care to children. It examines the State’s efforts to address these problems, and provides an action plan to help the program serve its growing number of enrollees. 

 

FACTSHEET: Dental Coverage for Children with Medi-Cal in LA County

LADentalFactsheet_FinalEnglishSpanish12.17.13For families that live in Los Angeles County, download this factsheet to find out how to find a dentist and what may be covered. The download contains both English and Spanish versions.  

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