Dental Care Gaps in America

Episode 28

Dental Care Gaps in America

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In this episode

Stat: 63 million Americans, many of them children, live in areas with a shortage of dental care.

Story: To help alleviate this, a new kind of dental provider is being created: dental therapists, who are much like physician assistants in a medical office.  In this episode host Dan LeDuc heads to Minnesota to join one of them, Christy Jo Fogarty, as she travels the state to bring dental care to children, many of whom have never been to a dentist before. 

Related Resources

[Video] What is a Dental Therapist? | Pew Dental Campaign

Working with Dental Therapists - Dental Therapist Christy Jo Fogarty | Pew Dental Campaign

The Painful Truth About Teeth | The Washington Post

One change to dental care that could save lives, money | The Chicago Tribune

Dental Therapists Can Provide Cost-Efficient Care in Rural Areas | Pew Dental Campaign

This Dental Therapist Is Filling a Gap in U.S. Health Care | Trust

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