Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Millions in This State Must Do Without Vital Dental Coverage ; Just 1 in 3 Washington Dentists Accept Medicaid

Seattle, Washington, is fluoridation

"In recent years, surgery to repair badly decayed teeth has become one of the top 10 procedures to fill Children's operating suites. Pausing after pulling the last of six unsalvageable teeth, pediatric dentist Barbara Sheller remarked, 'It's heartbreaking to face the same difficulties in family after family. This is a really complex way to manage dental disease. If kids were getting routine dental care, we could avoid this.'"

"At High Point Elementary School in southwest Seattle, where 98 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, educators got so frustrated by the sight of kids laying their heads down on their desks because of tooth pain that they formed a partnership with the nearby High Point Dental Clinic. "