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Dental Health Agenda for Children 

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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  


Our Latest on Dental Health

  • ‘Virtual’ Dental Exams Help the Underserved: Q&A with Jenny Kattlove, The Children’s Partnership
    on October 09, 2014
  • California Approves Dental Telehealth Program to Expand Access to Services
    on October 02, 2014
  • Going to the Dentist — Virtually
    on October 02, 2014
  • Medi-Cal To Cover Teledentistry Services Beginning in 2015
    on September 30, 2014
  • California To Launch Medicaid-Funded Teledentistry
    on September 29, 2014

Nationally, one-third of Latino children have untreated cavities, compared to 20 percent of white children.

(Source: California HealthCare Foundation, Snapshot: Haves and Have-Nots: A Look at Children’s Use of Dental Care in California)


Dental Issue Brief


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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