All Children, Regardless of Race, Are Seeing the Dentist More
Analysis of the U.S. National Health Interview Surveys from 1964 to 2010 showed that the once blatant racial gap in kid’s dental care has been eliminated, and that children overall are seeing the dentist more often. In 1964, 60 percent of African-American children and 30 percent of white children had never seen a dentist; in 2010 only eleven percent of children—both black and white—had never been seen. Though this is definitely progress, there is still more work to be done, as African-American kids still have higher rates of cavities, and there are still children of all races who do not have access to dental care.
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