Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ADA.org: ADA News: Dental program serves Massachusetts seniors

In fluoridated Norwood, Massachusetts:

"In 2009, after holding 13 screening clinics that served 408 seniors, program statistics showed 19 percent of patients presented with acute discomfort, nearly 32 percent had untreated decay and nearly 47 percent had progressive periodontitis. More than half (55 percent) had no dentist of record and most—82.6 percent—had no dental insurance. Patients' average annual income was around $12,000 and a third of them had an income under the federal poverty level."