Accessing dental care has been a struggle for many U.S. residents, which is highlighted by the fact that Reuters estimates that 45 million Americans do not have oral health insurance. One state whose residents have been experiencing problems accessing dental care is Maine and a recent report pointed out some of the oral care disparities in the area.
Former Maine House speaker Michael Saxl told The Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the state is experiencing a dental crisis. According to the former speaker, 40 percent of dentists in the state are over 55, and in 10 years many of them are expected to retire.
However, Augusta-based dental surgeon Robert Berube told the news source that he doesn't believe the problems is a lack of dentists.
"The report outlines some accurate findings. I just argue that we have adequate workforce in Maine, as it exists now. We just need to use that workforce more efficiently," said Berube, quoted by the news source.
One possible solution that Berube suggested is to offer transportation to dental clinics for people who live in under-served areas in the state.
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