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Oral health is a critical part of overall health; however, access to dental services is often overlooked when discussing health care coverage. Good pediatric oral health requires regular dental screenings and cleanings as well as early identification and treatment of dental disease/cavities.  In a 2011 national survey, 68 percent of low-income parents chose access to dental care as their top reason for enrolling their child in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.   Studies consistently show that enrolling in dental insurance has a positive association with greater access to dental care for families and children.