dentist http://wfae.org en Dental Care Crisis http://wfae.org/post/dental-care-crisis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dental education and regular dental care are important factors in keeping our bodies healthy. Poor dental health can create problems ranging from gingivitis to heart disease. According to a recent Pew study, half of all kids enrolled in North Carolina’s Medicaid program did not receive dental care in 2011. While there are many factors keeping the underserved from seeking dental care, one of the most notable is a nationwide shortage of dentists and dental hygienists. A conversation about access to dentistry and oral health, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31941 at http://wfae.org Dental Care Crisis Dentist Shortage A State, National Issue http://wfae.org/post/dentist-shortage-state-national-issue <p>In North Carolina, about half of all kids enrolled in Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2011. That's nothing to brag about, but it's in line with the national average, according to a <a href="http://www.pewstates.org/uploadedFiles/PCS_Assets/2013/3222_PCS_In_search_of_Dentists_v6.pdf" target="_blank">Pew study released Tuesday</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:28:04 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 30096 at http://wfae.org Dentist Shortage A State, National Issue State Fights Tooth Decay But Fails Report http://wfae.org/post/state-fights-tooth-decay-fails-report <p></p><p>Sink your teeth into this: about half of all children will have tooth decay before the age of 12. A common procedure called a dental sealant can extract most of that risk. But a new report gives North Carolina, along with only five other states, an “F” for its use of dental sealants. The failing mark stems partially from the lack of sealants administered in high need schools, but also specific grading criteria that state officials say does not score North Carolina’s accomplishments.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:03:58 +0000 Ben Bradford 19463 at http://wfae.org State Fights Tooth Decay But Fails Report