A new report shows a quarter of Iowa children go without regular dental care. Dr. Edward Schor is the medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health’s “Family and Community Health” division.The “Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey” found about three-quarters of children surveyed had seen a dentist in past year, and a large proportion of families with health care insurance did not have coverage for visits to the dentist. Schor says dental problems create real hardships for kids.Schor says a kid walking around with a toothache or bad teeth won’t eat properly, and it’ll alter their social relationships, too. The data on dental visits is included in a just-released report on the overall health of Iowa children.Schor says it’s important for kids to see the doctor at least once a year — and even more often for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children.
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