Report: Utah children's dental health improving

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 4:07 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A national report shows Utah has improved dental health programs and access to dental care for children over the past year.

The Pew Center on the States reports on Tuesday Utah meets five of the eight policy benchmarks aimed at improving children's dental health, two more than in 2010.

The study found that efforts in Utah to implement sealant programs at high-risk schools to help prevent cavities and to allow dental hygienists to place sealants without a dentist's prior exam makes Utah one of 22 states that received higher grades than in 2010.

The study also graded states based on the share of residents on fluoridated community water supplies, Medicaid-enrolled children getting dental care and the number of authorized primary care dental providers.

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