A report in The Journal of the American Dental Association( JADA ) shows that dental benefits play a significant role in satisfying the dental needs of children, including checkups and therapies. The analyze is especially timely as February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
The report determines U.S. children enrolled in private or public dental care plans were more likely to receive dental care than children who did not have coverage from 1997 to 2014. The analyze also showed that unmet dental needs of children who were enrolled in a dental care plan, private or public, steadily decreased from 2009 to 2014.
” The number of uninsured children decreased by 58 percent from 1997 to 2014 with a significant change from private to public insurance coverage ,” stated writers Maryam Amin, D.M.D ., M.S.c ., Ph.D ., Maryam Elyasi, D.D.S ., and Zhou J. Yu, B.S.c.” The change toward use of public insurance along with a significant association between unmet needs and dental visits support the effectiveness of publicly funded programs in facilitating the use of dental services in the United States .”
The writers examined data regarding more than 65,000 participants collected by the National Health Interview Survey( NHIS ), which is conducted by the U.S.