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Albany, NY - NY Gets A 'C' In Report Assessing Dental Program

Published on: January 10, 2013 11:35 PM
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Albany, NY - New York gets a middling grade in a report assessing how well states do in preventing tooth decay in children.


A report by the Pew Center on the States examined how well states provide children with dental sealants, which are clear plastic coatings applied molars to prevent tooth decay. The report graded all 50 states on their efforts to prevent tooth decay by improving access to sealants for low-income children.

New York’s grade was a “C.” The Pew Center said somewhere between a quarter and a half of high-need schools in New York had sealant programs.

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 Jan 11, 2013 at 07:51 AM Reb Yid Says:

By "improving access to sealants" the report should have stated "using taxpayer money to pay for sealants." Also, although sealants are generally considered effective at helping to prevent tooth decay, the report should have actually examined the incidence of tooth decay, to determine whether the apparent low rate of obtaining sealants was actually causing a problem.


 Jan 11, 2013 at 08:26 AM Secular Says:

Preventing tooth decay...

It's like pulling teeth.


 Jan 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM Sherree Says:

When I was a kid in school, we were required by the health department to visit a dentist twice a year. We were given these slips that our dentist had to fill out! What happened to that? What happened to a hygienist coming to the classrooms to teach kids how to brush correctly? Honestly I don't care how parents manage to do it, they owe it to their kids to make sure they are healthy and that includes their teeth! If you choose to bring kids into this world, you are responsible to raise them healthy! If you choose to bring 10 kids into the world you are responsible for the health and well being of 10 kids. So I am all for the Health Department requiring that all kids see a dentist twice a year.


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