Our Children's Oral Health Special Report

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Is West Virginia a great place for kids’ smiles?  That’s the question West KIDS COUNT set out to answer in 2011 when the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation asked us to prepare a report on the status of children’s oral health in West Virginia. 

KIDS COUNT's subsequent 2012 special report, Is West Virginia A Great Place for Kids’ Smiles?, chronicles the state’s recent progress in improving children’s oral health and makes a series of recommendations for further improvements, including expansion of the school-based dental sealant program to all high-risk communities in West Virginia. 

Click here to download a PDF of the report.

Click here to read the press release.  (Coming soon.)

The KIDS COUNT special report measures the status of children’s oral health against the following national benchmarks developed by The Pew Center on the States:

1.  Having sealant programs in at least 25 percent of high-risk schools;
2.  Allowing a hygienist to place sealants in a school-based program without requiring a dentist’s exam;
3.  Providing optimally fluoridated water to at least 75 percent of residents who are served by community water systems;
4.  Meeting or exceeding the 2006/2007 national average of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving dental services;
5.  Paying dentists who serve Medicaid enrolled children the national average of dentists’ median fees;
6.  Reimbursing Medicaid medical providers for preventive dental services;
7.  Authorizing a new type of primary-care dental provider; and
8.  Submitting basic screening data to the national database that tracks oral health status.