The need for dental care among low-income individuals is growing much faster than Community Dental Care can provide care. In fact, the 2007 Community Needs Assessment update conducted by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, states that lack of access to dental care for low-income children and adults is of critical concern, and the trend is worsening.
In the city of Dallas alone, more than 300,000 children and adults have no dental insurance, and the numbers are increasing.
Additionally, fewer providers are willing to treat low-income families with Medicaid coverage because of the low provider payment rates and the associated paperwork. According to local United Way estimates, area dental providers such as Community Dental Care, will be able to treat only five percent of those in need unless funding increases.