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Dental health is something that almost everyone could pay more attention to. During an individual's hectic schedule, it can be difficult to find time to go to the dentist. Teeth are something that shouldn't be ignored, however. WebMD states that gum disease and tooth abscesses can lead to fever, mouth sores and bleeding.
Now, researchers in Birmingham, Indiana are working to ensure that no child in their area goes without proper dental care. According to the Birmingham Mail, this move is inspired by a report conducted in June which found that a third of five-year-olds in the area have rotting teeth.
The news provider also mentioned that 50,000 fewer city residents are regularly seeing a dentist, compared to five years ago. To combat this, dentists in the area are now going to be paid according to the number of patients they see and the health results they garner.
“It is vital that patients, and especially children receive high quality dental care, and the changes being trialled will mean dentists are paid according to the outcomes their patients see," said State Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, quoted by the news source.
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