Children with Medicaid now cared for at Open Arms Dental Clinic
Our mission is to better understand and serve with compassion the needs of our community. As there had not been a single dentist in Walworth County to accept Medicaid, Open Arms applied and received its 2nd year dental grant from Wisconsin State Department of Public Health to expand its dental program to care for children who have Medicaid (BadgerCare / Forward Health) insurance. Over 500 children seen by the Walworth County Public Health Seal-A-Smile program have needed dental treatment within the past year without a dentist in the county to care for them. Open Arms is hoping to fill that gap and care for our neighbors in need.
Tooth decay is actually classified as an infectious disease because it is caused by a specific strain of bacteria that can be shared between people. Cavities are the most common and most preventable disease in children. About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.