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Cost puts dental care out of reach

from United Press International

Dental expenses were among the highest out-of-pocket health expenditures for U.S. consumers in 2008, researchers say. Study author Paul Glassman, a dentist and director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, said the Bureau of Labor Statistics found out-of-pocket dental expenses cost consumers $30.7 billion — 22.2 percent of total out-of-pocket health expenditures. The study found 37 percent of African-American children, 41 percent of Hispanic children and 25 percent of white children have untreated tooth decay. more


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