Report: Malheur County leads state in access to dental care

Students at Nyssa Elementary learn about oral health through Healthy, Happy Smiles, a school-based oral health program targeting eastern Oregon. A study on children’s oral health published last month by the Oregon Health and Science University determined that Medicaid-enrolled children in Malheur County had the highest rate of access to dental care in the state, according to data from 2018. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – Malheur County led the state in access to dental services for children enrolled in federal health insurance in 2018, according to a recent report by the Oregon Health and Science University.

Nearly 73% of the county’s kids who are in Medicaid, which covers services for low-income people, received at least one dental service in 2018.

The county’s percentage of kids enrolled in Medicaid who received at least one preventive service . . .