Children are in desperate need of dental care, but they are sometimes overlooked by dentists, dentists say.
The Ohio Department of Health and Human Services said the state has more than 1,300 dental offices for children under the age of six, but more than 600 are open only to children aged three and older.
The state’s dental care delivery system is limited.
The shortage of dental offices has led to many people filling in their own forms and filling them out incorrectly, said Lori Sosinski, the health commissioner.
Sosinskis office said that people fill out forms for children aged 3-17 without realizing the requirements.
It also said it’s possible that some forms may not be valid for kids under three.
The state’s dentists are aware of the issue and have made changes to help kids with health care needs, according to the health department.
“The state of Ohio is aware of an underutilized dental care program that has a limited number of dental assistants available to provide care to children, and we are taking all necessary steps to address this issue,” the department said in a statement.