Dollars and Dentists on Frontline

Dentists, probably one of the most under appreciated professions.  I don’t think I’ve met one person who looks forward to going to the Dentists.  I have however met a few who refuse to go.  Personally I go every six months and I have a very lovely Dentist who takes good care of my teeth while I listen to her marathon running adventures. I’m also very fortunate to be able to afford good dental care.

It amazes me when I hear what the cost is for dental work from friends who need and want the work done.  One person in particular had to stretch what should have been a two-day procedure out over several months just to afford it.  I don’t know what the right answer is.

Millions of Americans can’t afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by “Frontline” and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Other kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid or major surgery for preventable tooth infections. For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire and in some cases bankrupting!  Americans are using emergency rooms for dental care, at a cost of more than half a billion dollars.

Tune to WOSU TV Tuesday night at 10pm for “Frontline: Dollars and Dentists”.   Correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates the flaws in our dental system and proposals to fix them.

“Frontline: Dollars and Dentists” airs Tuesday, June 26 at 10pm on WOSU TV with an encore presentation Wednesday, June 27 at 10pm on WOSU PLUS.