Is a new type of provider the answer to our dental crisis?
Even though most of us know we should go to the dentist, too many don't. Nearly 50 million Americans live in areas without enough dentists, and that means a lot of people are skipping their annual cleaning. A recent study from the Washington state Health Association showed that severe toothaches are the number one reason people without insurance end up in the emergency room. Some state legislators say the answer is a new kind of dental provider. But a professional organization that represents dentists in Washington state is against it. KUOW's Lesley McClurg reports.
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