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Dentists: Dental care must be given unique consideration in health care reform
Updated: 5/1/2009 9:00:36 AM
 

Dentists: Dental care must be given unique consideration in health care reform The practice of dentistry is not quite different from the practice of medicine, and legislators must keep these differences in mind when overhauling the health care system.

That's the conclusion of a white paper on access to oral and dental health care submitted to Congress by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). The paper offers more than 30 recommendations to the 111th Congress concerning access to care, according to an article in Medical News Today.

"In order to bridge the gap between those who receive proper dental attention and those who do not, professional organizations, as well as local, state, and national governments and even community organizations, must all make a collaborative effort," comments Dr Paula S Jones, president of AGD.

Some of the suggestions in the paper include training more dentists by attracting more students to dental health careers and enhancing federal training programs, according to the news source. Greater funding for dental care through Medicaid and Title VII programs to supplement those without dental insurance is one suggestion to improve access. Another is to encourage practice in underserved areas through loan forgiveness programs, grants and scholarships for both established and newly graduated dentists.

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