It was in 2000, in his landmark report "Oral Health in America," that U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher warned of a silent epidemic of oral disease in America. In spite of some efforts made since to address its underlying causes, the epidemic persists today.
In covering this epidemic, it is important to keep in mind that the burdens of disease weigh most heavily upon poor children and racial and ethnic minorities of all ages, who are most likely to go without the care needed to prevent and treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, oral cancers and other diseases of the mouth.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a hearing about the dental crisis in America.
From the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010:
People in rural areas go to emergency rooms for dental pain more than their urban counterparts, and many face economic consequences for having bad teeth. A rapidly expanding network of dental clinics run by federally qualified health centers is trying to address oral health problems in rural America.
* Emily Shortridge, Ph.D., Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
* Jason Wesco, chief operating officer, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
* Moderator: David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal
Continuation of Jason Wesco's comments from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010.
Continuation of Emily Shortridge's comments, from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010.
Dr. John T. Powers, DDS, a private-practice dentist in Montevideo, MN, describes working with a dental therapist to expand access to care in his rural Minnesota town.
Author and former health insurance executive Wendell Potter takes an in-depth look at America's oral health care crisis. As part of his Huffington Post series "Hidden Epidemic," Wendell explores how millions of people in the U.S. cannot get the dental care they need and what that means for them, and for communities across the country.
Read Wendell's post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendell-potter/americas-hidden-epidemic_b_3964228.html
This video was filmed at the Association of Health Care Journalists' 2014 Health Journalism Conference.
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Upcoming events on Oral Health from the AHCJ calendar.
Speakers will include Riva Touger-Decker R.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, Cristin E Kearns, D.D.S., M.B.A., University of California, San Francisco, and Paula Moynihan, B.Sc., Ph.D., professor of nutrition and oral health, Newcastle University.
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