• 16 MAY 13
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    Dr. Harris, have you seen the documentary “Dollars and Dentists”?

    I haven’t seen it but I would like to! I found this summary online:

    More than 100 million Americans don’t go to the dentist because they can’t afford it. Instead, they end up broke, in severe pain and struggling to get by. Sometimes they even die.

    Our next film, Dollars and Dentists, a joint investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity, examines the nation’s ruptured dental-care system, and some solutions to fix it. It airs Tuesday, June 26, and you can watch a preview of the film above.

    New research released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights just how dire our dental-care system has become. One in four children have untreated tooth decay, now the most common chronic illness among school-aged children. Adults fare no better. And one in four Medicare beneficiaries are missing all of their natural teeth — a problem that threatens not only among the elderly, but also the very poor. Low-income families and racial and ethnic minorities tend to be disproportionately affected because they tend to lack access to care, according to Kaiser.

    You can watch the entire documentary here:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dollars-and-dentists/

     

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