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Georgia kids need better dental care

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A recent study concludes Georgia kids need better dental care.

The Pew Center on the States graded each state on dental health in children and gave Georgia a "C."

 The state doesn't reimburse primary care physicians for preventative dental health care, which would allow more children to receive care. The state has restrictive regulations for hygienists.

Dr. Carl Findley says children should start receiving dental care at age three or four. He says without regular care, they could develop serious dental and health problems.

"What happens in those baby teeth is directly reflected below the surface down in the bone where those permanent tooth buds are developing," said Findley. "So if you've got abscess, decay and gum problems and baby teeth, then they affect the future erupting permanent."

On a positive note for Georgia, 96 percent of the population on community water systems receive fluoridated water.

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