Sunday, June 07, 2009

Candidates Recognize Dental Care Needs in Rural Areas | | The Washington Post

Virginia is 95% fluoridated "It's a problem that has been documented over the past decade by state researchers, volunteers and reporters, and experienced with excruciating clarity in rural communities across Virginia: Many people can't find or afford a dentist."

"You're astounded at what people tolerate simply because they don't have the resources," said Terry D. Dickinson, a dentist who has spent years helping to run makeshift clinics as executive director of the Virginia Dental Association. "Understand, there's nothing quite like that kind of pain. These folks come in and are very stoic and don't complain. Just seeing them, it breaks your heart that they had to put up with that kind of problem."