Expanding dental health coverage to underserved children is a major challenged faced by public health officials, but a new partnership between two Florida counties is helping children without dental insurance get the care they need.
The health departments of Clay and Baker County are working together to hold a dental clinic on May 3 to provide free dental care for children on Medicaid. The event will take place at the Clay County health facilities while Baker County will provide the staff.
Nancy Mills of the Clay Health Department told ClayToday.biz that programs like this are so important because, even as children's dental health worsens, public resources are becoming less available.
"This is a wonderful example of community partners sharing resources to provide services at a time when resources are scarce," she told the news source.
Among children between the ages of 6 and 19, 22.9, percent have some form of untreated dental decay, according to government statistics.
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