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State Sen. Chris Rector: Study of Mainers' dental needs will help a lot

from The Portland Press Herald

Passage earlier this month of a proposal that I sponsored, L.D. 1105, "Resolve, To Study Oral Health Care in Maine and Make Recommendations Regarding How To Address Maine's Oral Health Care Needs," is a very small step forward to help Maine face a very big challenge. Access to oral health care has an extraordinary impact on the overall health of an individual. It is indisputable that oral health directly affects physical health. Numerous diseases such as incidence of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease are directly linked to gum disease. Just as importantly, self-esteem, cognitive development and economic performance can also be affected by oral health. Children miss school, adults miss work, nutrition is affected, and health suffers. Lack of good oral health is a major problem faced not only by Maine, but the nation. more

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