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Maine gives out awards to dental health heroes
Updated: 1/13/2012 6:59:56 PM

Maine gives out awards to dental health heroes  

Recently, the Maine Dental Access Coalition named the 2012 Oral Health Heroes. The Bangor Daily News reports that these awards are given out to people who have done their part to help residents of Maine gain access to affordable dental care, something that has been a problem in the state.

Among the honorees were state Senator Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, and state Representative Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, who have worked hard to ensure that state policy reflects that dental care should be considered an important part of overall healthcare.

"Access to oral health care continues to be a serious problem in Maine, especially for those relying on our safety net system - those who are uninsured, underinsured or covered through public insurance," said Susan Cote, coalition vice chairwoman, quoted by the news source.

The World Health Organization states that 60 to 90 percent of school children worldwide have dental cavities. This statistic highlights the need for policy makers to do more to ensure that individuals have access to oral care, before a cavity turns into a lost tooth or gum disease. 

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