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Underserved families still face major barriers to dental care

from Dentistry Today

While the landscape of children’s dental health has improved in regard to dental coverage and increased pediatric dental benefits in some states, families still face major barriers to care. Parents with low incomes must often navigate a minefield of nonclinical challenges to access even the most basic dental services for their children. One of the most serious barriers to care, particularly in rural areas, is a lack of transportation. Without effective or affordable means of transportation, a simple one-hour dental visit can take up to five times as long and cost a parent an entire day’s wages. more

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