Facts about Medi-Cal Dental (Denti-Cal) and the need for Every Smile Counts!
· Cavities are 100% preventable!
· More than 1/2 of kindergartners, and more than 7 out of 10 3rd graders have experienced tooth decay and more than a 1/4 of those children have untreated tooth decay.
· In California, an estimated 504,000 (7%) children miss at least one day of school because of a dental problem.
· Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children: five times as common as asthma, four times more common than early childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes.
· The California State Auditor reported that California’s Denti-Cal utilization rates are lower than those in many states.
· In 2015, only 43% of children enrolled in Medi-Cal in Sacramento County saw their assigned dentist. The goal for Every Smile Counts! is to increase utilization rates by 5% each year of the pilot.
· Federal data shows that nearly 56 percent of the 5.1 million children enrolled in Medi-Cal did not receive dental care through the program.
ESC! collaborates with community partner agencies to educate parents about how to prevent dental disease and how to access dental care so the whole family can live healthier lives without dental pain. Working together, we are connecting children to dental care to make Sacramento and Amador Counties healthier communities.
Amador County Unified School District
First 5 Sacramento
LIBERTY Dental Plan
Medi-Cal Dental Advisory Committee
Oral Health Solutions
River City Medical Group
Sacramento District Dental Society
Sacramento Native American Health Center
San Juan Unified School District
Sacramento Education and Training Agency (SETA) Head Start
Sacramento County Smile Keeper’s
The Child Abuse Prevention Center
Twin Rivers Unified School District
University of Pacific, School of Dentistry