Saturday, March 28, 2009

State of dental Health in California a silent epidemic, says Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod:

"'In 2000, the United States Surgeon General called the state of dental health in America a silent epidemic. Not much has changed since. Many poor children, the elderly and many minorities are silently suffering from oral disease that are progressive, diligent and becoming more complex over time,' declared State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod"

"Senator McLeod said that oral disease is five times more common than asthma, and access to preventive, restorative dental services continue to be problematic not only for the uninsured, but also for those who are publicly insured"

"California suffers no shortage of dentists; our supply vary by county and the more room a county has, the fewer the dentists to serve the community," Senator McLeod lamented."

The problems is that most dentists won't treat poor people.