Cost, lack of dentists bar Va. residents from dental care | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Despite being 96% fluoridated, many Virginians don't have access to dental care because of costs and a lack of dentists, according to a new study by two University of Virginia economists.
Cost is the greatest barrier. Those least likely to visit a dentist are low-income residents without insurance or who have low-cost public health care. Virginia's Medicaid program generally limits dental care for low-income adults to emergency services, the study said.
There also are racial and geographical disparities in access to care.