Approximately 78% of Brighter Way’s pediatric patients live in Medically Underserved Areas with no access or means to see a dentist.
Over half of our patients had dental caries by age four.
All Children Deserve a Healthy Childhood
It’s hard to understand why 75% of Brighter Way’s young pediatric patients have never seen a dentist and 45% don’t even have access to preventive sealants. Many suffer with severe dental disease with unique and complex oral health restorative needs not usually assessed in children.
A Maricopa County report estimates 308,000 children are living in poverty with 52% of those children without health insurance
The Brighter Way Model of Care
The core competence of Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is evidenced through the permanent full-service Dental Home model.
In 2022, Parsons Pediatric Center provided 39,405 oral health services to 5,678 impoverished children ages 5 to 17 at a cost of $230 per child.
Parsons Center provides complex, specialized care for children and youth including emergency oral health services. Sedation options for children are critical in restoring oral health in complex cases requiring multiple procedures and for children with developmental disabilities.