Children's dental health in Maryland is on the up and up.
Maryland officials say the number children with untreated tooth decay has declined by 41 percent between 2001 and 2011.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says a survey showed about 33 percent of school children had at least one dental sealant on their permanent first molars and about 14 percent of school children had untreated dental cavities, compared to 23 percent in 2000-2001.
The state started pushing an aggressive program to get low-income students dental care following the 2007 death of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver.
The Prince George's County boy died after bacteria from an abscess on a tooth spread to his brain. His family did not have dental insurance.