Thursday, April 21, 2005

Democrat & Chronicle: Local News:

Rochester, New York, is fluoridated:

"...thousands of low-income, underinsured and uninsured people in the Rochester area lack basic oral health care and often go years without dental treatment.

When they do seek care, they face major roadblocks: a critical shortage of dentists who accept Medicaid patients; long waiting lists at outreach centers that accept uninsured and underinsured patients; and overwhelmed dental centers.

The local crisis mirrors problems across the state. At least one-third of cities in New York and two-thirds of its rural areas have too few dentists."