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Dental Cuts Bite Children, Cost All Californians: The Case for Investing in School-Based Preventive Services, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
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California’s policymakers have recently slashed the budgets of children’s health and dental programs. To prevent a significant increase in costly and damaging dental disease among the state’s children, leaders must quickly and creatively invest in preventive dental services for children. Successful programs and funding models from other states can point the way.
The implications of the budget cuts are deep and wide, jeopardizing the oral health and overall health and well-being of children in the state. The cuts will further degrade an oral health system that already fails to meet the needs of too many California children.