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What should be done to alleviate Maine’s dental health problems?

Posted April 04, 2011, at 9:18 p.m.
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What should be done to alleviate Maine’s dental health problems? 

Mainers are pulling their own teeth because they can’t afford to go to a dentist. The top reason poor and uninsured young adults are visiting hospital emergency departments is because of dental problems. What should be done? Maine has too few dentists; one solution may be to create a new position with more training than a hygienist but less than dentist, allowing them to drill teeth and fill cavities and extract teeth. Is this a sensible solution?

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