Vermont State Dental Society
New Report: Vermont is a National Leader in Dental Healthcare, But There is More to Do
The Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) recently
announced the release of a new report highlighting the state of dental
healthcare in Vermont. Titled Miles of Smiles: The State of Dental Healthcare in Vermont, the report identifies areas where
Vermont is leading the nation in dental healthcare access and outcomes.
The president of the Vermont State Dental Society said
identifying what is working well is essential to knowing where the state and
its private sector partners can get the best results and make the most progress
with limited resources.
“As Vermont discusses healthcare reform and reducing
the remaining barriers to affordable dental care in Vermont, Vermont’s
community dentists believe it is important to understand what we are doing well
as a state and where we are making very steady progress,” said Doctor Stephen
Pitmon, president of the Vermont State Dental Society. “This is the
best way to inform our strategy for addressing unmet needs.”
The report highlights, among other facts, that Vermont
leads the nation in the percentage of children receiving dental care and
children receiving dental care covered by Medicaid. The report also points
to data indicating Vermont has the nation’s lowest percentage of residents
living in underserved areas and a robust network of free and not-for-profit
Dr. Pitmon said the state dental society would soon be
detailing its ideas for building on Vermont’s oral healthcare success.
“There is still more to do to ensure every Vermonter
has the option of high quality dental care from a fully licensed doctor of
dentistry, when they need it and at a price they can afford. We look forward to
introducing the next steps on Vermont’s oral healthcare journey very
soon. Working with the Legislature and other stakeholders – and focusing
on what we know will work – we are confident we will continue to be a national
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