The Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) recently announced the release of a new report highlighting the state of dental healthcare in Vermont. Titled Miles of Smiles: The State of Dental Healthcare in Vermont, the report identifies areas where Vermont is leading the nation in dental healthcare access and outcomes.
The president of the Vermont State Dental Society said identifying what is working well is essential to knowing where the state and its private sector partners can get the best results and make the most progress with limited resources.
“As Vermont discusses healthcare reform and reducing the remaining barriers to affordable dental care in Vermont, Vermont’s community dentists believe it is important to understand what we are doing well as a state and where we are making very steady progress,” said Doctor Stephen Pitmon, president of the Vermont State Dental Society. “This is the best way to inform our strategy for addressing unmet needs.”
The report highlights, among other facts, that Vermont leads the nation in the percentage of children receiving dental care and children receiving dental care covered by Medicaid. The report also points to data indicating Vermont has the nation’s lowest percentage of residents living in underserved areas and a robust network of free and not-for-profit dental clinics.
Dr. Pitmon said the state dental society would soon be detailing its ideas for building on Vermont’s oral healthcare success.
“There is still more to do to ensure every Vermonter has the option of high quality dental care from a fully licensed doctor of dentistry, when they need it and at a price they can afford. We look forward to introducing the next steps on Vermont’s oral healthcare journey very soon. Working with the Legislature and other stakeholders – and focusing on what we know will work – we are confident we will continue to be a national leader.”
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