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Minnesota receives a C grade for dental health policy
Updated: 3/2/2010 7:00:23 PM

Minnesota receives a C grade for dental health policy A recent national study has found that Minnesota is falling short in providing dental care access to its disadvantaged kids. The state recently received a C grade for its dental policies from the Pew Center on the States.

The report indicated that Minnesota only hit four of eight national benchmarks related to state-sponsored dental health initiatives.

"Well a 'C' grade in general means that the state is off-track," said Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Children's Dental Campaign, quoted by Minnesota Public Radio. "There are some efforts that they have made and those are to be applauded. But there are many more things that the state can do."

Some of the areas where the North Star State scored well include water fluoridation, the state's policy of reimbursing dental care providers for preventative services and the ability of dental assistants to place sealants on children's teeth, according to the Public News Service.

However, Minnesota received a below average grade because of its sub-par Medicaid program and the fact that it doesn't report its screening data to a national surveillance system.

Researchers with the non-profit organization have said that states that meet all eight policy benchmarks will save money on dental care costs over the long-term.

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