Children in West Virginia don’t receive enough dental care.
A Marshall University program that offers free dental care discovered that 43 percent of children that visited there had some form of dental decay that was untreated. But almost 90 percent of the children had some form of dental insurance.
The West Virginia School Community Partnership and Marshall’s Center for Rural Health offer all the dental care a child should need but West Virginia residents are not taking advantage of it.
Last year, more than 2,300 children should have been treated, thanks to a grant. It didn’t happen.
Half of the children did not visit on a regular basis. As a result the programs will set their sights on changing the basic ideas of dental health, which will fall upon the parents.