Wednesday, July 01, 2009 Wanted: Medicaid dentists

Erie, Pennsylvania is fluoridated: "'The bulk of tooth decay and gum disease is due to a lack of brushing and flossing, and poor dental nutrition,' Alonge said. 'They need to brush and floss, and avoid high-carbohydrate foods and soda pop.'"

"'I know the need for dental care is great, so now I'm working here.'Even with the new MLK Center clinic, Erie County has a critical need for dentists and oral surgeons who accept Medicaid patients. Many of them must wait six months or longer to see a dentist, and travel to Pittsburgh to have a tooth pulled.The federal government estimated that the county needs an additional 12 full-time dental providers to meet demand."