HEALTHBEAT A dental divide
From the minute the doors opened at the Rice Regional Dental Clinic in Willmar, Minn., late in 2007, it was clear there was an overwhelming need for access to dental care, especially among low-incom... Posted on 7/15/11 at 3:26 PM
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How to improve access to dental care for the poor in spite of a limited number of Grand Forks area dentists who accept Medicaid is the topic of a forum at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room. To attend, you'll need to register for the event no later than today (Thursday).
Dr. Steve Erlandson, a Grand Forks dentist and president-elect of the North Dakota Dental Association, agreed that “an access problem” exists for disadvantaged children in the state, primarily because of low reimbursement rates.
The recession is a grind on people’s teeth as well as their pocketbooks.
Cracked and worn-down teeth, jaw pain and headaches are getting the attention of dentists — and stress is at the root of the problem, they say.
There’s no official data, no tooth-based economic indicator. But dentists are hard-pressed to explain what else besides stress from things like layoffs and home foreclosures would be the driving force behind the booming demand for tooth-repair services.
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