Tooth Dismay

A New Look At the Data on Children's Oral Health in North Carolina

October 2021

Tooth decay is the leading chronic disease of childhood. Cavities are common, painful, and largely preventable. They remain the most common chronic disease of childhood – four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years, according to the CDC.

The good news: Medicaid covers dental care for children enrolled in the program. The bad news: For many children on Medicaid, the dental care they need is simply not available – for a wide range of reasons.

This new report and interactive data dashboard dive into data on children and pregnant women enrolled in North Carolina’s Medicaid program and whether they’re getting access to the oral health care they need.

Executive Summary

Interactive Data Dashboard

Social Media Toolkit

Download the report