Comments for: Creating new providers may not improve Maine’s dental health

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, at 4:10 p.m.

Maine lawmakers have been told over and over again that the solution to improving access to oral health care is to add new dental providers. They have created independent dental hygienists, public health hygienists and expanded function dental assistants. But no matter how many new categories are created, some people …

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  • These are the same people who promised you fluoridation would reduce tooth decay and put dentists out of business. Yeah right.  As is stated, more dental schools are opening, more dental professionals are being created and dentists are holding our low income Americans hostage until the government gives dentists more money to actually treat poor people’s teeth instead of their water.  This despite 67 years of  fluoridation reaching virtually 100% of the population via water, food and/or dental prodcts

    Dentists received welfare for the rich in the form of government hand-outs to their tuition, dental schools and more. They need to be required to give back and be mandated to actually treat people who need their care the most – not just those with the most money and best insurance – or get out of the way of viable professionals willing to do so.

    Dental therapists can drill, fill and pull teeth just as well as dentists can.  But they cost less and usually live where they are needed the most.  Their costs are lower because only two years of training is required.  They have worked for decades in other first world countries very successfully.  The first DTs are working in rural Alaska where residents would otherwise pull their own teeth. 

    Even though no dentist would work or live in this rural Alaskan town, organized dentistry spent over a million dollars trying to stop them, preferring to hang onto their lucrative monopoly even if people have to suffer

    Fluoridation gives the illusion that organized dentistry cares about people who  aren’t welcomed in their dental chairs  Don’t be fooled.  The hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on fluoridation could be better used developing dental therapists in Maine.

  • These are the same people who promised you fluoridation would reduce tooth decay and put dentists out of business. Yeah right.  As is stated, more dental schools are opening, more dental professionals are being created and dentists are holding our low income Americans hostage until the government gives dentists more money to actually treat poor people’s teeth instead of their water.  This despite 67 years of  fluoridation reaching virtually 100% of the population via water, food and/or dental products

    Dentists received welfare for the rich in the form of government hand-outs to their tuition, dental schools and more. They need to be required to give back and be mandated to actually treat people who need their care the most – not just those with the most money and best insurance – or get out of the way of viable professionals willing to do so.

    Dental therapists can drill, fill and pull teeth just as well as dentists can.  But they cost less and usually live where they are needed the most.  Their costs are lower because only two years of training is required.  They have worked for decades in other first world countries very successfully.  The first DTs are working in rural Alaska where residents would otherwise pull their own teeth. 

    Even though no dentist would work or live in this rural Alaskan town, organized dentistry spent over a million dollars trying to stop them, preferring to hang onto their lucrative monopoly even if people have to suffer

    Fluoridation gives the illusion that organized dentistry cares about people who  aren’t welcomed in their dental chairs  Don’t be fooled.  The hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on fluoridation could be better used developing dental therapists in Maine.

    • Flouride is toxic.  Read up on it’s effects and you will learn that it is well known for causing brain dysfunction, and effects critical thinking. In other words it’s in the water to dumb you down so you will not resist. There is flouride toothpaste on the market so why isn’t THAT good enough ? Because you don’t INGEST toothpaste….that’s why.

      • Anonymous

        You don’t seem to have any idea how to approach the problem at all.   You have mentioned the lack of the administration’s efforts regarding jobs and I agree with you.  You’ve also noted one of the reasons’s why there is a lack of dentist, and commented on the toxic nature of fluoride. But no suggestions?

        I think that Bangorian has an idea,  I also feel that if the dentist borrowed public money to attain a degree, then if he or she was willing to practice for a number of years in the rural areas, some of the loan debt can be forgiven.   But the  fact remains the same;  it’s costly.  Unless you have some sort of insurance that covers this, an adult won’t be getting much dental health care.
        Perhaps we can work with the dentist, insurance company’s and employers for a  cap on prices, and make it a little easier on the people and the insurance company’s in the rural areas.  Isn’t the Dr’s concern in the  rural areas numbers?

  • Anonymous

    What we need to do is mandate that dentists who hold a Maine license be required to provide services to a certain number of Mainecare clients (a percentage of their patient load).  Problem solved.

    • Right….and they will just work free I suppose ? All this will do is hasten the departure of the Dentists we still have. This is what they probably will do though because Maine seems to have a knack for chasing business away to other States.

  • There are no Dentists in Maine because there is no money trickling down to the people. Instead of trying to put band-aids on all of these incidental issues why isn’t that State Gov’t, namely LePage, doing what he promised when he wanted your vote ? JOBS. Where are all the jobs ? We just lost another chance at 300-600 jobs because of the State’s inaction. If I were a Dentist I would move away from Maine to “greener pastures” and most of them have.  The only people doing well in Maine are the ones that got their wealth handed down by Mommy and Daddy.

  • Guest

    Another white-frocked bandit whining about his turn at the taxpayer mammary.

  • Guest

    As much as I disagree with bangorian, I think this may have some future to it. Lawyers have to do probono work, why shouldnt Dentists..?

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