Bexar County's dental safety net for children: An estimate of our current capacity and need
Introduction. It has been well established that poor uninsured children lack access to dental care and have greater dental needs than their insured counterparts. Objective. To assess the capacity of Bexar County's dental safety net to treat children. To assess the dental needs of Bexar County children ages 0-18 who are uninsured or are Medicaid or SCHIP recipients. Methods. Information was requested from dental safety net clinics that treat children ages 0-18. Data from the census, NHANES and other sources was used to estimate the dental needs. Results. The capacity of the current safety net to treat children is 33,537 patient encounters per year. The dental needs of the community are 227,124 patient encounters per year. Conclusion. The results of the study indicate that Bexar County is not prepared to treat the dental needs of the underserved children in San Antonio.
Dental care|Public health
Mohamed, Carlos N, "Bexar County's dental safety net for children: An estimate of our current capacity and need" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1444053.