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Rural Areas Lacking Dentists

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Thursday, August 15, 2013   

DES MOINES, Iowa - Few dentists are practicing in rural America, and some counties have no dental care available at all. According to Jon Bailey at the Center for Rural Affairs, a recent University of Nebraska Medical Center study that focused on that state reflects a problem that can be found in every rural state. Bailey said that besides the shortage of dental care, many of those dentists currently practicing in rural areas are soon going to retire.

"That will further accelerate the situation in rural areas as those dentists age and retire, and right now there is nobody being trained, nobody being educated as dentists, to replace them."

Bailey said access to dental services is a huge health-care issue, costing millions of lost work hours and adding to people's health problems.

"If you go lacking dental care over a long period of time, that's going to contribute to other diseases and other conditions that people get, which require more and more and more expensive health care," he said.

The National Academy for State Health Policy estimates that 85 million Americans lack dental insurance because Medicaid and Medicare offer only limited dental coverage and the Affordable Care Act only addresses the problem insofar as it encourages more people to enter the field of dentistry.




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