Maryland Dental AccessCurrently more than half a million Maryland residents live in areas designated by the federal government as having a shortage of dentists. Children on Medicaid face even higher barriers to finding a dentist, since only 1 in 3 Maryland dentists accepts Medicaid.

In Maryland:

  • 41 percent of children on Medicaid (1-20) did not receive a dental service in 2014.1
  • More than 507,000 people live in 41 areas designated by HRSA as having a shortage of dentists.
  • 18 of 24 counties and the Baltimore City have a designated dental shortage area.2

It is clear that across the state — from low-income children, to individuals with disabilities, to seniors in long-term care — Maryland is failing to provide dental services to the state’s most vulnerable populations.

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Annual EPSDT Participation Report, Form CMS-416, (state) fiscal year 2014, accessed Oct. 22, 2015), https://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Benefits/Early-and-Periodic-Screening-Diagnostic-and-Treatment.html
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) Statistics, Table 4, data as of Jan. 1, 2016, http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/HGDWReports/RT_App.aspx?rpt=HH)