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),
  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,