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Dental caries remains one of the largest untreated diseases in children and is one of the leading causes of poor oral health in the United States. Many states have joined forces with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medicaid to formulate a state oral health action plan that targets the Healthy People 2020 Goals for Oral Health to improve the overall oral health of children in the state. Through this plan, in connection with state oral health plans many states are comprehensively addressing these Healthy People 2020 goals. Ohio, on the other hand, has not met a number of the Healthy People 2020 goals yet as it does not have a state oral health action plan. This analysis looked at three states, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Tennessee, that are similar in population and demographics to Ohio and have both a state oral health plan and a state oral health action plan in order to make recommendations for Ohio to better meet the Healthy People 2020 goals and improve oral health in the state.

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