Disparity in Children's Dental Care

A new study shows African-American children and white American kids are accessing dental care at equal rates.

However, researchers say African-American kids still have higher rates of cavities.

Other factors that may contribute to this disparity include diet, the availability of sugary drinks and the quality of dental care poor African- American children receive.

About 50 years ago, nearly 60 percent of African-American children had never been to a dentist, compared with 30 percent of white children. Researchers say, by 2010, this gap had completely disappeared.

The report appears in the August print edition of Pediatrics.