Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Approaches in Medicaid Issue Briefs
Medicaid spends billions of dollars every year on dental care for children, but their oral health is not improving. States across the nation are redesigning their health care systems to achieve the three-part aim of higher quality health care, healthier populations, and lower per capita costs. You can help ensure that these efforts encompass recommended approaches to early childhood caries (ECC), the infectious disease that causes tooth decay.
With these issue briefs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aims to raise understanding of ECC, how to prevent it, and how to manage it as a chronic childhood disease by offering practical steps that state Medicaid programs and their partners can take to improve care and outcomes and lower costs.
- Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: An Overview for State Policymakers
- Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Leading Steps for State Policymakers
- Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Strategies for State Medicaid and CHIP Program Managers
- Keep Kids Smiling: Promoting Oral Health Through the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents
- Improving Oral Health Care Delivery in Medicaid and CHIP: A Toolkit for States
- Innovative State Practices for Improving the Provision of Medicaid Dental Services