Despite improvement in the dental status of children over the past several decades in the US, poor children suffer twice as much dental caries as more affluent children and their decay is more likely to remain untreated (2000 Surgeon General’s Report)
25% of US children are living below the federal poverty level (annual income for a family of four at $17,050 in 2000 – now $21,200 in 2008)
Selected counties in one State were observed to have increased access to Dental Services through use of mobile dental vans.
An FQHC in one State cultivated an atmosphere of mutual respect to encourage compliance with dental appointments to increase access.
One State had a 90% compliance rate for their Head Start population.
Several States reduced administrative burdens for providers by reducing prior authorization requirements and using Administrative Services Organization (ASO) contracts to administer the dental program.