Why Millions Of Americans Don't Get The Dental Care They Need
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It has been seven years since a 12-year-old Maryland boy died from a tooth infection because his mother could not afford to take him to the dentist. Lawmakers across the country vowed to do something to ensure nothing like that could happen again. But today, nearly 200 million Americans have no dental insurance. And even many who do put off visiting the dentist because their insurer reimburses too little - or none - of the cost. That's one reason more than a third of Americans did not see a dentist last year. And the number of ER visits for dental problems has skyrocketed. A discussion of America's dental health crisis - and some ideas for solving it.
chairman and CEO of The Sullivan Alliance; secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush; president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
senior policy analyst, Children's Dental Health Project.
director, Office of Oral Health Prevention and Health Promotion Administration at Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; as a clinical dentist he worked at community health clinics in New Mexico.