Wyoming gets an ‘F’ for child dental care

Jan 17, 2013

Credit Associated Press

A new report by the Pew Center shows that Wyoming is not doing enough to keep children’s teeth from decaying.

The report gave Wyoming a failing grade. That’s because the state doesn’t administer tooth sealants in schools, and doesn’t submit information about children’s dental health to a national database, among other reasons.

But William Maas with the Pew Center says Wyoming’s situation isn’t as bleak as it sounds.

“The good news is that overall in the state, almost half of the children have received sealants,” Maas said.

Some neighboring states received high marks in the Pew survey, and Maas says that demonstrates that just because a state is rural doesn’t mean they can’t provide good dental services to children.