dental care

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The Indiana Youth Institute reports that more than half of Hoosier children have a history of tooth decay in their permanent teeth, and a recent federal report shows Indiana kids on Medicaid are not getting the recommended care. 

The problem goes beyond a dislike for the dentist's drill. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. 

Purdue University


That’s the word Purdue officials have chosen for their reaction to a call from West Lafayette city leaders who wanted more transparency in the process of deciding which firms would spend as much as $120 million to overhaul State Street.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says a little secrecy is the price of doing business, and says Purdue doesn’t have to help.

But city leaders admit they need the school to front the money or the job will never get started.

That’s just one of the topics on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels.

Two-thirds of low-income Hoosier children on Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2011.

A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that in the most recent year for which data is available, 67% of Medicaid-enrolled Indiana children did not receive a dental visit – the third-highest percentage in the nation.

Pew Children’s Dental Campaign Director Shelly Gehshan says that’s because not enough dentists take Medicaid patients.