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Examining how lack of dental care affects one California county
Updated: 12/13/2011 7:00:19 PM

This problem is also affecting children in the area.   People without dental insurance have been experiencing a variety of problems due to their lack of access to oral care. For example, The North Bay Business Journal, a California news source, recently ran an article detailing the impact of poor dental health on a residents in their area.

The news provider pointed out that in Sonoma County, there are only 15 dentists that cater to the low-income population. According to a June 2010 report of the area, 10.5 percent of residents are unemployed, this highlights the need for more dental health professionals that will serve individuals with little or no income.

This problem is also affecting children in the area.

"Over the last three years, more than 2,500 children under age 5 received expensive and potentially traumatic oral surgeries to treat cavities that were so severe that they could not be treated without general anesthesia at the Pediatric Dental Surgery Center in Windsor," according to the news source.

The journal reports that measures are being taken to improve this issue, but it's going to take time and funds. Individuals who do not have insurance should consider getting an affordable dental plan to help them gain access to care.  

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