Report: State lags in child dental health
BY JACLYN COSGROVE NewsOK.com
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
1/08/13 at 6:43 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is one of many states that aren't doing enough to prevent tooth decay among low-income children, according to a report released Tuesday.
The Pew Center on the States report shows several states lag behind in providing children with dental sealants, clear plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars that prevent decay at one-third the expense of filling a cavity, according to the organization's report.
Sealants are typically first applied to children's molars when they are in the second grade, shortly after their permanent teeth appear, according to the report.
The Pew Center on the States is a division of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit organization that applies an analytical approach to improve public policy and inform the public, according to the group's website.
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Original Print Headline: Report: State lags in child tooth-decay prevention