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Jun 28, 2015 10:10 AM

Report notes NH public health improvements, problem areas

The Associated Press

DURHAM (AP) — A new report says New Hampshire has significantly improved access to dental care in recent years but significant problems persist.

The report issued by New Hampshire Kids Count and the Carsey School of Public Policy notes several improvements since 2010, including an increase in public dental health clinics and more programs to provide dental sealants to students. But it also documents areas of concern.

Officials say New Hampshire ranks above the national average on most measures of pediatric oral health, but performance varies significantly by county.

In 2014, more than half of third graders in Coos County showed evidence of tooth decay. Adults in that county were also twice as likely as the adult population as a whole to have not visited a dentist in more than five years.

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