Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dental care lags among many Rochester children | | Democrat and Chronicle

Dental care lags among many Rochester children | | Democrat and Chronicle:

Rochester NY is fluoridated:

"Thousands of Rochester-area children enrolled in Medicaid have not seen a dentist in years, and there's no easy way to find the few pediatric dental offices that will accept them as patients."

"'There is so much unmet need in these children,' said Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, director of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Eastman Dental Center. 'You find very few children who don't have (tooth) decay in that population, and it's very alarming.'"

"In spite of the concern, low-income parents trying to find places to send their children for dental checkups cannot get a comprehensive list of dentists who accept Medicaid from any official resource: Not from the Monroe County health department, the state health department, the county department of human services and Medicaid office, the local division of the American Dental Association, or from either of the two managed care plans that provide Medicaid dental coverage in Monroe County."

"The new state law regarding dental certificates in schools has "caused near chaos in Wayne County because there's no way to do this" in an area where so few dentists take Medicaid, said Emilie Sisson, program manager of the Wayne County Rural Health Network."