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State of Oral Health

The facts about the current state of Oral Health


  • The PA 2017-2020 Oral Health Plan will be finalized and published here as soon as final approval is granted through the Department of Health.  PCOH is thrilled to assist with the implementation of the goals of the plan; we hope you will consider joining us in this mission!
  • Pennsylvania is working on our sealant initiatives to create an even bigger reach for children.  The full report will be posted in the Fall of 2017; if you would like to be more involved in these outcomes as we move forward with the 2017-2020 Oral Health Plan, please let us know.
  • Tens of millions of Americans go without needed dental care because they cannot find a dental provider, can’t afford care, lack of dental insurance  or unaware of the importance of dental care
  • By the time they reach kindergarten, more than 40 percent of American children experience tooth decay.  Painful dental problems affect children’s overall health and ability to focus in the classroom.
  • A 2012 report from the PEW CENTER ON THE STATES comparing children's oral health care across 50 states graded Pennsylvania a D.
  • Increasing numbers of adults are seeking care at emergency rooms for dental problems because they have nowhere else to go creating a large unnecessary expense to the healthcare system.

Visit the new LiveHealthyPA.com page to view reports and valuable resources on oral health in PA!