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Georgia's dental score is mediocre

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A newly released national study gives Georgia a grade of 'C' when it comes to addressing child dental health.  

 "The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children," was released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States.

 It looks at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, grading each on things like how well they are using policy to ensure dental access for children, including making Medicaid improvements.

Georgia received a 'C' grade for meeting just half of the eight policy benchmarks in Pew's analysis.

The report says the state does not reimburse primary care physicians for preventive dental health care, a measure that would allow more children to receive care.

But it says Georgia has done a good job with providing fluoridated water to nearly 96 percent of its population.


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