Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - Welfare dentistry

In Maine: "My experience with dentistry has been that most dentists won't even accept MaineCare; and those who do, render essentially welfare dentistry, not mainstream care, and certainly not restorative dentistry at all. A patient can get teeth pulled and replaced by dentures or, at best, an occasional cavity filled. That's about it.

Dentists refuse to do the kind of pro bono work that law and medicine are well known for, and all of us are paying the price of their high incomes, especially those least able to afford it.

Paul Corrao, Lewiston"