According to a report done by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2011, North Carolina was one of six states that saw grades drop. They met only three of the eight benchmarks.
The group, a division of the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts, graded states on eight benchmarks for kids dental health. North Carolina dropped from a C to a D. The decline was driven by Medicaid rates not keeping pace with dentists’ fees.
On the positive side North Carolina did succeeded in bringing dental care to more than half of the children in the state who are enrolled in Medicaid. The report done also states that because of North Carolina large budget deficit they recently cut funding to a significant portion of the state’s oral health program.