Thursday, November 09, 2006

A reason to smile | Battle Creek Enquirer - - Battle Creek, Mich.:

Battle Creek, MI, is fluoridated

"'My mouth is a wreck,' said Peterson, 35, who recently paid mostly out-of-pocket for a tooth to be pulled by a dentist in Union City. With two other broken teeth and one that was about to crack, she would consider getting dentures if they didn't cost $5,000.

'I don't have dental insurance,' she said. 'Even as a child my parents didn't have insurance. ... I didn't get dental care.'

'There are many people that are much younger than her that do need their teeth pulled and do need dentures,' Black said.

"There is a shortage of dental providers willing to serve low-income and Medicaid populations, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health."