Monday, December 08, 2008

The Foundation funds emergency dental program - News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Williamsport-Sun Gazette

The Foundation funds emergency dental program - Williamsport-Sun Gazette

Williamsport, Pennsylvania is fluoridated:

"The parents of a 2-year-old boy take him to the Community Dental Center because his teeth hurt and his check is swollen.

His parents see "some holes" and they are concerned because his front teeth are breaking off. The toddler needs extensive pediatric dental care to restore his dental health, but neither of his parents has dental insurance through their jobs. The bill will be several hundred dollars to eliminate immediate emergencies and into the thousands if all necessary work is completed.

A pregnant young woman without dental insurance goes to the Emergency Room for an infected wisdom tooth. The hospital can do nothing more than treat the infection with antibiotics.

A 12-year old boy has fractured a healthy front tooth during a fall on the playground. He needs a root canal and a crown to save the tooth but his father's job does not offer dental insurance. Without additional help, the boy eventually will lose the tooth.

Many families working low-paying jobs are forced to put dental concerns at a lower priority than paying rent and buying groceries until a dental crisis occurs and they are forced to seek treatment at the Emergency Room. The Emergency Room is not equipped to treat the underlying problems such as dental decay, abscess and preventative care."