Carlos, her son, isn't a fussy child. But a few days earlier, he had mentioned that his teeth hurt. This time, Alba got a flashlight and looked in his mouth. She saw blood.
Her son, 7 years old at the time, had abscesses, or infections, in two of his teeth.
He had never been to a dentist. Neither had his siblings.
'I stopped trying, because every time I called up the dentist, I would get the same answer,' Alba said. 'All the time. They weren't accepting my insurance. They had a long waiting list.'"