Advanced Dental Care of Citrus Park
7867 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33626

Florida ranks among lowest in states that offer quality dentistry for children

Florida ranks among lowest in states that offer quality dentistry for children

 

A recent national report on pediatric dentistry services placed Florida and four other states – New Jersey, Indiana, Montana and Hawaii – at the lowest rating of F when it came to how well they are meeting the needs of their youngest dental patients.

The report by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States found that 22 states improved their ratings between 2010 and 2011, but public policies often stand in the way of many states’ ability to move forward in dental care offered by local dentists.

States often raised their ratings by reimbursing dentists for preventative services, expanding water fluoridation in local communities and increasing the number of Medicaid-enrolled children who receive care.

The Pew criteria that determined a state’s rating for dentist services also included the availability of dental sealants, which are clear plastic coatings applied to children’s molars to block tooth decay caused by trapped food and bacteria. Sealants have been found to prevent decay at a much lower cost than restorative fillings once the decay leads to a cavity.

Childhood’s chronic disease
The report, “The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter,” detailed public policies that cover both insured and soon-to-be insured children. In 2011, Pew found that 27 states were graded as A or B, while 23 states and the District of Columbia earned only a C or lower grade for their dental services to children.

But with more than 16 million U.S. youngsters who remain without access to regular dental care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Eighteen percent of children ages 2 to 4 have experienced tooth decay, 52 percent of those ages 6 to 8 are affected and 61 percent of 15-year-olds have tooth decay.

One reason, the Pew study noted, is that many states have a shortage of dentists who are willing to serve low-income patients with Medicaid as their insurer. By increasing payment levels to dentists for Medicaid patients, states may be able to offset federal insurance payments that have not kept pace with dental fees.

The Pew national report also maintained that dental problems can impact a child’s life well beyond basic healthcare because children who do not make regular trips to the dentist office are more likely to miss more school days than those with dental services.

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the staff treated me like a valued patient. Very friendly, courteous, the hygienist was meticulous in cleaning my teeth and did it in a manner in which I was very comfortable. I will certainly be […]
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I absolutely love this office!!! The staff the Doctor and the office manager Leann are outstanding!! They really take care of their patients.. I have never had a bad experience there. Been going […]
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My whole family always has a good experience at visits.
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So happy with the dental services I have been receiving from Advanced Dental Care located on Gunn Highway. Very friendly environment and competent staff.
Jeffrey S.
Everyone in the office is nice and friendly. DDS always discuss the treatment and what is exactly going to happen.
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Samuel M.
Great friendly staff easy to set up an appointment. I had Maria and she was wonderful very nice she took good care of me :)
Matthew B.
Good job Maria on the tooth temps and fixing of a broken tooth along with some deep deep cleaning.
Travis M.
Excellent service given to the patients! From Daniella, Miriam, and Clyde Casanova 5 out of 5 stars! We would visit this place again, thank you
Daniella C.
The compassion and attention you get from the staff, the friendliness and service, like no other. I would highly recommend to family and friends and colleagues.
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Good customer service and good with my children.
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Very professional and friendly staff, specially the hygienist who made sure I was feeling comfortable and showed me better ways to keep my gums cleaned. I highly recommend this dental office. Thank […]
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I was able to connect and interact with my dental assistant freely and she was very open to answer all my questions.
Katherine N.
Always friendly. Very professional . And most importantly clean office. Beatrice is excellent.
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Had excellent experience. All staff members (especially Maria) were very helpful, patient and kind. I really enjoyed my visit (bad new, pain (in a good way) & all). Highly recommend this office.
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