"By the time Medicaid patient Tawnee Wood got an appointment at the Community Dental Center in Smithfield, she'd dialed at least a dozen other dentist's offices - all over the state.
Her experience isn't unique. Fewer Utah dentists are accepting new Medicaid patients - or seeing them at all - a fact that can literally be painfully obvious to those who are seeking treatment."
"The dentists do not need the patients. They're busy enough with their regular-paying clients," he said. "But the patients need the dentists. It's an ongoing battle."