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In pain, mom-to-be found only dentist wait list

from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

When Michelle Hamberlin learned she was pregnant in April, it gave her one more reason to seek treatment for a broken, abscessed tooth and swollen gum. Dental infections during pregnancy can pose a risk to both mother and baby, experts say. But for Hamberlin, 21, deciding to see a dentist was one thing. Finding one was another. "I called everyone listed in the book," said Hamberlin, one of more than 4,700 pregnant women in Milwaukee County in July eligible for dental coverage through BadgerCare Plus, the state's Medicaid program for pregnant women and families. "They had a three-month waiting list, or their numbers were disconnected, or they said they weren't taking my insurance." more

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