State’s dental grade improves from F to D

By Kristine Crane, Gainesville Sun Staff writer


The Pew Children’s Dental Campaign Report released last week gave Florida a slightly better grade than two years ago after the state passed a law allowing children to get sealants from dental hygienists without a dentist exam.

The grade improved from an F to a D.

The national report focused on children’s access to sealants, the plastic moldings over the molars that children normally get around second grade, after their molars have grown in. Molars, back teeth used for chewing and grinding, are prone to cavities, and sealants help prevent cavities.

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