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June 12, 2007 The New York Times The Divide in Caring for Our Kids I was particularly interested in the segment because just a few hours earlier I had filed a column for the next day’s paper about health care for children. The column included the story of Deamonte Driver, a homeless 12-year-old from Prince George?s County, Md., who also had an abscessed tooth. =8a490e6f13ec8a82&ei=5121&emc=eta1 June 15, 2007 PR Newswire The American Dental Association Teams With Rep. Elijah Cummings to Push for Passage of 'Deamonte's Law' This bill seeks to improve access to dental care for underserved children by increasing the number of dentists specially trained to treat children and increasing the capacity of community health centers to provide that treatment.,123257.shtml June 16, 2007 The New York Times The Dental Needs of Our Children (Letter by Burt Edelstein) As in the case of Deamonte Driver highlighted by Mr. Herbert, dental care can even save lives. Deamonte’s death from consequences of a cavity has captured the attention of Capitol Hill, the press and the public. ion%2fEditorials%20and%20Op%2dEd%2fLetters&oref=slogin June 19, 2007 U.S. News & World Report/Orlando Sentinel (Florida) Parents urged to brush up on care of baby teeth For the first time in decades, decay in baby teeth is on the rise among 2- to 5year-olds, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.,0,4244035.story?coll=orl-health-headlines

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June 13, 2007 KTUU The Cutting Edge Like many children in the village, Asuluk didn't have good hygiene. Even the most dedicated of itinerant dentists had little time to educate both parent and child. Now Asuluk is at what dentists call a teachable moment. June 14, 2007 KTUU The Cutting Edge, Part 3 Here in Savoonga there are 2-year-old children with teeth so full of decay they're crumbling. Dr. Mandanas says traveling dentists like her have battled for decades, but so far tooth decay is winning the war.

June 12, 2007 Contra Costa Times Low-income children face dental needs Untreated dental disease remains a serious problem for low-income children in Contra Costa County, with 12 percent in need of urgent treatment for rotting teeth, infections and other painful conditions. June 11, 2007 Press Enterprise Preschool-age kids are getting more cavities "I see so much decay," said pediatric dentist Roy Beam, of Kids World Children's Dentistry in Riverside. "Baby teeth are just like adult teeth. They will decay." June 13, 2007 Contra Costa Times A decaying problem A report released Monday by the Dental Health Action Group and Contra Costa Health Services' Children's Oral Health Program found that 12 percent of 13,304 preschool and elementary students from low-income families had to have emergency surgery for rotting teeth and other serious oral infections. June 18, 2007 Santa Cruz Sentinel Lawmakers go after a hidden health scourge in schools Educators and health advocates say a new state law is helping them find kids who need dental care, but a shortage of dentists and financing is making it hard to get those kids into treatment. June 20, 2007 Daily Democrat $400,000 awarded to improve Yolo’s oral health The grant to CommuniCare Health Centers will enable the agency to expand its school-based Smile Saver program, established with funding from the California Children's Dental Disease Prevention Program to serve low-income and special needs children.

June 14, 2007 Durango Herald Mobile dental clinic secures funds Heller estimated that about 2,000 people, most of them children, receive dental screenings a year, either at schools or at the health department. The program screens people to age 21 and pregnant women.

June 12, 2007 Kankakee Daily Journal Decade of decay: More toddlers have cavities "Parents may feel that since they are only baby teeth, that they don't matter. That is wrong," said Manteno-based dentist Todd Miller. "All teeth need each other for support in one way or another. When one tooth is lost, the placement of the permanent teeth may be altered."

June 20, 2007 Bloomington Pantagraph United Way addressing infant dental health "People think that they don't need to take care of baby teeth because they fall out," Van Scoyoc said. But cleaning baby gums leads to healthy baby teeth. Healthy baby teeth with less bacteria and decay increases the odds that permanent teeth will be healthy, Van Scoyoc said.

June 18, 2007 Baltimore Sun

Cummings fights for youth dental care Rep. Elijah E. Cummings accused the Bush administration Monday of failing to provide adequate dental care to poor children, including a Prince George's boy who died after a tooth infection spread to his brain, and promised to make a personal call to a top Medicaid official to demand answers.,0,2516993.story?coll=balhome-headlines

June 8, 2007 Hillsboro Argus Virginia Garcia gets $5,000 grant Children are particularly impacted by the presence of the Virginia Garcia dental clinics, she added. These clinics provide a positive dental experience and dental hygiene education to disadvantaged children which will shape their entire dental future.

South Carolina
June 22, 2007 Spartanburg Herald Journal College opens wide for debut of Healthy Smiles Barnet said he has come across many children who are embarrassed to smile because of their teeth. "One of the most challenging parts of getting these kids to the next level is their selfesteem," Barnet said. "They are not proud of their teeth."

June 11, 2007 Culpepper Star Exponent A reason to smile The kids may not know it, but they have a luxury not experienced in Culpeper in six years - the ability to walk to the tiny white trailer for dental work they couldn’t otherwise afford. GArticle&cid=1173351578215

Washington, DC
June 14, 2007 The Washington Post Medicaid Dental Help Expanded To Adults The D.C. Council approved an expansion in dental coverage for low-income

children for fiscal 2007, but federal officials approved the change through the Medicaid program only in April.

June 13, 2007 Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Group looks for volunteers to staff mobile dental clinic The 38-foot clinic on wheels serves thousands of people in three Washington counties and six Oregon counties every year, partnering with schools, jails and social service agencies in communities such as Clarkston, Pasco and Waitsburg in Washington. and Milton-Freewater, Enterprise and John Day in Oregon.

June 12, 2007 Lacrosse Tribune Dental care for poor people is long overdue in Wisconsin Children of low-income families are more likely to get cavities and less likely to get dental care.


June 8, 2007 Vallejo Times-Herald Kids can do more than read at library Also, various social services will be offered free at the library this summer, Silverman said. Local charity La Clinica will hold a free dental screening inside during some of the shows… June 14, 2007 Santa Maria Times S.B. County votes to begin insuring children Nonetheless, Supervisors Salud Carbajal, Joe Centeno and Janet Wolf followed the direction they had previously indicated by approving $1 million to pay for medical, dental and mental health insurance for about 750 children, at a cost of $1,346 per child. June 20, 2007

Stockton Record County marks low in gauges of children's well-being The factors behind those numbers are complex and often intertwined. Poor families are less likely than others to have health and dental insurance, for example. Sick children tend to fare poorly at school. June 19, 2007 Daily Sundial Student Health Center offers services during summer In addition to the basic services of providing doctors and nurses for illnesses and injuries, the health center also has a dental clinic, optometry clinic, massage therapy facility, chiropractic care and acupuncture for minimal student charges. Center.Offers.Services.During.Summer-2916410.shtml June 20, 2007 KHTS Follow-Up Clinic Offers Care for Local Children For the first time in its history, the foundation teamed up with local dentist to provide six-month follow up care to children previously treated at the foundation’s sponsored Mobile Dental Clinic in October 2006 in Newhall.

June 14, 2007 Montrose Daily Press Taking the next step in child health care The clinic will assist families in applying for Medicaid and CHP+, a state assistance program for health care. It will also provide prevention and health education, acute care and dental care through its partnerships. June 21, 2007 Rocky Mountain News $1 million of grants target rural health care Kids in Need of Dentistry program for southeastern counties of Prowers, Bent, Crowley and Otero, and services for children in low-income families living in or near Walsenburg and Salida.,1299,DRMN_15_5596683,00.html

June 21, 2007 Connecticut Post

Lawmakers weigh in on budget session Caruso and Finch said that major investments are being made in HUSKY, the insurance program for low-income kids, including $40 million statewide to provide expanded dental services.

June 11, 2007 News-Press The Uninsured: Solving The Crisis Of that, $1.5 million will go to the construction and start-up costs of a new children’s dental clinic in East Naples. Another $5.5 million will help build and pay the start-up costs for a pediatric dental residency program at Edison College’s Collier campus.

June 15, 2007 Savannah Morning News PeachCare officials consider re-opening enrollment The end of the enrollment freeze should allow some families to use PeachCare for pre-school physicals and dental visits. June 20, 2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution State foster care improves, but kids still at risk The report also said that only about half the children received the initial health check within 10 days of entering foster care, and only 34 percent received timely initial dental checks.

June 11, 2007 Mason City Globe Gazette Lala is 2007 chair of United Way campaign Give Kids a Smile is a national day in which area dentists provide free dental services to uninsured children. With the help of a UWNCI Venture Grant, United Way was able to provide coordination, recruit volunteers and provide transportation to and from appointments. As a result, more children were able to receive services this year.

June 19, 2007 WBUR Dealing with Disparities: One of the Real Measures of Success Despite ranking 8th overall, however, Massachusetts had some eye-popping statistics: … The percentage of children age 0-17 who went without a medical and dental preventive care check-up within the past year was 20.9% for whites, 34.7% for Blacks, and 40.5% for Hispanics.

June 19, 2007 Springfield Business Journal Conco Cos. steps up to support children's health needs in Willard Money from the Willard Children?s Health and Dental Fund is distributed in grants to Willard schools. Teachers can request funding for students from the Health and Dental Committee, comprised of WCCF board members and school employees. 7795

North Carolina
June 11, 2007 Greensboro News Record Guilford needs to better prepare students Children with health or developmental problems entering kindergarten last year had high incidences of asthma and speech/language, vision, dental and attention/learning problems.

June 21, 2007 Toledo Blade Youth will have its say at venerable United Way Those programs offer things like dental services to the needy, health care to shut-ins, legal services to the underprivileged, and housing for the homeless.

June 13, 2007 Corvallis Gazette-Times Partisan puffery blew kids’ health away

Needy children could have qualified to obtain medical and dental services at a subsidized rate. The state’s legislative fiscal office estimated that the tax increase was enough to offset the loss of smokers expected to quit rather than pay. June 15, 2007 Bend Weekly Oregon Gov. signs more than 50 pieces of legislation HB 2867: This legislation provides easier access to dental services for patients enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Oregon pre-kindergarten program and Head Start by allowing dental hygienists to apply sealants and fluoride without the supervision of a dentist. June 20, 2007 Silverton Appeal Local lawmakers out of touch with constituents Vic Gilliam and Roger Beyer voted NO. Saying NO to health care for kids. Over 140,000 Oregon children have no health insurance. They do not receive regular checkups or dental care.

June 12, 2007 Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader Expanded CHIP program helps more children become insured Fortune applied for CHIP and was approved for free coverage, which includes dental and vision. June 21, 2007 Sewickley Herald Area organization teaches values, shapes new lives Aside from having a roof over their heads, the girls also receive medical and dental care (some of which is donated by Sewickley area physicians), clothes and all other necessities, group and individual counseling, and a good education.

June 19, 2007 The Monitor Valley’s CHIP enrollee numbers continue to drop For the last few years, Valley children have fallen off the rolls for many reasons, said Dr. Elena Marin, executive director of Harlingen-based Su Clinica Familiar. The main impetus, she said, likely was the removal of dental, vision and mental health care coverage in 2003. Those benefits largely were reinstated in 2005, and some families came back, she said.

June 14, 2007 St. George Daily Spectrum Help protect Utah children's health and future with CHIP Kids with insurance are also more likely to have had a well-child visit and dental care in the last 6 to 12 months compared to uninsured children.

June 21, 2007 Bennington Banner Pownal Elementary receives a defibrillator Harrington also reported that she is currently investigating grants to purchase portable dental equipment for the school so a dental hygienist can do inspections and cleanings for the students.

West Virginia
June 15, 2007 Huntington Herald-Dispatch Health advances require better lifestyle choices The study also says …64 percent of West Virginia children have received medical and dental preventive care visits, compared with 59 percent nationally.

June 12, 2007 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Report reveals health care gaps There also were significant gaps in coverage for children. More than 30% of children, for instance, did not have a medical and dental preventive care visit in the past year.


June 19, 2007 Denver Post More head abroad for dental care

Americans travel to Mexico for stomach surgery, eye exams and routine checkups. But it is the dentistas - thousands of them strung along the border - who are in the vanguard in attracting U.S. health consumers.

June 13, 2007 KTUU The Cutting Edge, Part 2 Savoonga is in a unique situation. St. Lawrence Island is closer to Russia than Nome, so access to care is a big problem. But the biggest factor for the village has been dietary changes that have occurred without changes in hygiene. June 15, 2007 KTUU Future of dental therapists still in the air Last year the dental society and the American Dental Association filed a lawsuit to block eight dental therapists from practice, despite an opinion from the Alaska attorney general that therapists are regulated under federal law, which pre-empts state law.

June 10, 2007 Springdale Morning News Area Dentists Aid in Free Clinic About $630,000 worth of dental care was provided by the Arkansas Mission of Mercy, a free clinic based on a program implemented in other states such as Kansas and Virginia. The mission is a way to provide increased access to oral health care, Dwight Duckworth said.

June 12, 2007 Modesto Bee 5th Golden Valley clinic to open doors in Modesto Starting in 2008, patients can go to the clinic for dental screenings, fillings and other restorative work on their teeth. The clinic also will have urgent dental care. June 21, 2007 California Chronicle Dental Care Legislation Gets Assembly Nod of Support The Assembly Health Committee approved legislation authored by Senator Sam Aanestad (RGrass Valley) during hearings yesterday, which will improve access to quality dental care in

California. SB 238 will give federally qualified health centers the ability to bill for the services provided by dental hygienists.

June 13, 2007 Honolulu Star Bulletin Isles lead nation in access to care Most recently, the state Department of Human Services has expanded health coverage for Medicaid-eligible adults, including preventive dental coverage, she noted.

June 14, 2007 Suburban Chicago News ‘I thanked God for these clinic people’ "I witnessed firsthand the anxiety of people who had medical issues with no financial means to obtain the medical or dental services they needed," she said. "Can you imagine what it would feel like to have troubling symptoms and no apparent avenue of help?",4_5_JO14_WGMC_S1.arti cle June 19, 2007 The Washington Post Community Health Clinics Flourish, but Doctors Are Few Yet the center needs four more physicians and three more dentists, in part because newly opened sites must offer dental care, Cesar said. "Everybody needs dentists," she said. "I'll take as many as you can get me. . . . What is so frustrating is that you can prevent so much of this tooth decay. It's just that there are not enough dentists to see everybody that needs to be seen."
June 21, 2007 Monmouth Daily Review Atlas More grant money awarded Link informed members that the department was awarded a dental grant in the amount of $4,500. Funds are to be disbursed as follows; $1,000 will be used to update the oral health assessment needs, $1,000 will be used for administration, and $2,500 will provide dental sealants for those in need.

June 13, 2007 Arkansas City Traveler Dental clinic available for people with developmental disabilities Why can't these individuals just go to a regular dentist? Some do, but those with more serious disabilities need a level of support not usually available in the community. June 14, 2007 NewsCow Dental clinic provides care for the disabled Why can’t these individuals just go to a regular dentist? Some do, but those with more serious disabilities need a level of support not usually available in the community.

June 9, 2007 WCSH Program Seeks To Bring Healthy Teeth To Special Olympics The Special Smiles program is part of the healthy athletes initiative to bring healthy-living education to Special Olympians. Competitors could get a free dental check between their events. Along with that they get a lesson in nutrition, learning what helps keep strong teeth, as well as a how to take care of their teeth throughout the year.

June 12, 2007 Post-Bulletin Dental students flock to Salvation Army's clinic for experience The Rochester clinic, which provides dental care for Olmsted County residents who are on public insurance or have no insurance, has accepted student volunteers since it opened in 2002.

New Jersey
June 13, 2007 Dentist to poor admits she’s unlicensed That practice was a cash business. No insurance was accepted because the indigent people she treated didn't have any, she explained. "This was not just for my benefit, but I did it to help them. That is the truth," she said. 3ZxZWVFRXl5NzE1MDg2NSZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTM

North Carolina
June 8, 2007 Wilson Times New dental school wastes resources North Carolina is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fill a cavity in rural dental care without ever looking critically at the proposed remedy or considering more efficient, less costly treatments.

June 10, 2007 News-Journal Wellness Center fills many needs Besides basic medical and dental services, Longview Wellness Center also helps people establish their eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Due to limited staffing, Young said the dental clinic is not accepting new patients right now.

June 21, 2007 Rutland Herald Middle America is falling behind My office has been working successfully with communities around Vermont to expand federally qualified health centers which provide affordable health and dental care, low-cost prescription drugs and mental health counseling on a sliding scale. 9/OPINION03

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