Disparities in Dental Care for Head Start Children
Low-income Children Have Greatest Dental Needs.Poor dental health impacts children’s growth, function, behavior, and school readiness. Sadly, low-income children experience the greatest amount of dental disease and fewest dental visits, even though they have the highest rates of dental insurance coverage (Medicaid and SCHIP). Thus, sources other than cost must serve as barriers. This study sought to identify factors which might prevent or facilitate adequate dental care.