Rockledge Dental
1950 Rockledge Boulevard, Suite 207, Rockledge, FL 32955

Florida ranks among lowest in states that offer quality dentistry for children

Florida ranks among lowest in states that offer quality dentistry for children

 

A recent national report on pediatric dentistry services placed Florida and four other states – New Jersey, Indiana, Montana and Hawaii – at the lowest rating of F when it came to how well they are meeting the needs of their youngest dental patients.

The report by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States found that 22 states improved their ratings between 2010 and 2011, but public policies often stand in the way of many states’ ability to move forward in dental care offered by local dentists.

States often raised their ratings by reimbursing dentists for preventative services, expanding water fluoridation in local communities and increasing the number of Medicaid-enrolled children who receive care.

The Pew criteria that determined a state’s rating for dentist services also included the availability of dental sealants, which are clear plastic coatings applied to children’s molars to block tooth decay caused by trapped food and bacteria. Sealants have been found to prevent decay at a much lower cost than restorative fillings once the decay leads to a cavity.

Childhood’s chronic disease
The report, “The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter,” detailed public policies that cover both insured and soon-to-be insured children. In 2011, Pew found that 27 states were graded as A or B, while 23 states and the District of Columbia earned only a C or lower grade for their dental services to children.

But with more than 16 million U.S. youngsters who remain without access to regular dental care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Eighteen percent of children ages 2 to 4 have experienced tooth decay, 52 percent of those ages 6 to 8 are affected and 61 percent of 15-year-olds have tooth decay.

One reason, the Pew study noted, is that many states have a shortage of dentists who are willing to serve low-income patients with Medicaid as their insurer. By increasing payment levels to dentists for Medicaid patients, states may be able to offset federal insurance payments that have not kept pace with dental fees.

The Pew national report also maintained that dental problems can impact a child’s life well beyond basic healthcare because children who do not make regular trips to the dentist office are more likely to miss more school days than those with dental services.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Got appointment within 1 day. Started treatment same day.
David P.
Friendly staff and very professional
Sharon M.
Dr. Torras is wonderful! The staff if friendly.
Janice E.
very freindly
Terry M.
Everyone here is nice and professional – from the office staff to the techs, (especially Victoria) to the Dentist. I am very happy I was referred to this office. Dr. Torras is very patient and […]
Leesa A.
Caring informative before and after tooth extraction.
Erma H.
Great doctor and staff. They were also less expensive than others for braces. In addition, they were honest with me about my daughter not needing an additional procedure that I was quoted an extra […]
Maydenne C.
Great Staff
Michael D.
Great painless, friendly service. Very professional service. I was on the wait list for a cancellation and when a cancellation happened, they were able to accommodate me.
Jennifer D.
The staff are very friendly and your wait time is not very long. Doctor always comes and shakes my hand and says hello even if it was just Pat and Jennie that were working on my teeth, couple of cool […]
Paul D.
The staff service at Rockledge Dental was friendly, professional and efficient.
Mary H.
Loved everyone was ready to provide services when scheduled. Very affordable with insurance suggested with first visit. Friendly and efficient
Sharon C.
Jenny has been my hygientes for years & she is always professional, condiderate & friendly. I appreciate her work on my teeth. Fiest time I’ve had Patti to brush & floss them but she […]
Jayne J.
I like Rockledge Dental very much, everyone is very nice and easy going. If you need help with any thing, they are right there to make everything stress free. Dr Torres and staff are wonderful.
Leanne F.
I called and it was an emergency. I was able to get in 2 days latter. The staff is very nice and friendly. The dentist was amazing.
Rebecca L.
Friendly and knowledgeable.
Annelyse S.
Had a tooth extraction this morning. Dr. Torres and Kristina were great. I was dreading this extraction but it didn’t hurt a bit.
Eric L.
I went for my dental cleaning and had a good visit Jennie, Pattie, and Charmon.
Davonia J.
Everyone was friendly and professional.
Andres F.
Good dental care and office personnel worked to get me in even though I was 15 minutes late,
Larry T.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (321) 252-0825
Our Location