By: Diane Oakes, President & CEO of Arcora Foundation When our state legislators passed the 2019–2021 Operating Budget in the final days of the session, they included a proviso directing the Health Care Authority (HCA) to stop moving forward with the planned implementation of Medicaid dental managed care, to continue directly administering the program under…
Oral Health Facts
The following provide facts and information about the status of oral health in Washington.
Children’s Oral Health
- Dental disease is the single most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Learn more from our children’s oral health fact sheet.
- Washington’s 2010 Smile Survey is the latest statewide assessment of children’s oral health. It shows that children’s oral health in Washington is improving, but further work remains. Learn more from our 2010 Smile Survey overview. Results from the 2015 Smile Survey will be posted mid-2016.
- Over the last ten years, the rate of Medicaid insured children under age 6 receiving dental has nearly doubled, from 22% to 43%, and children are being seen earlier before disease starts. The percentage of young children receiving dental care in Washington. Learn more from our utilization graphic showing rates children under age six, two and one have receive dental care.
Senior’s Oral Health
- Twenty-five percent of adults 65 to 74 nationwide have severe periodontal (gum) disease.Learn more from our fact sheet. Learn more from our seniors oral health fact sheet.
Community Water Fluoridation
- About two-thirds of the country—more than 180 million people—receive the health benefits of fluoridated water. In Washington state, only about 62 percent of residents receive optimally fluoridated drinking water. Learn more from our fluoridation fact sheet.