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Many Americans are struggling to gain access to affordable dental care, and it's not just adults who aren't making it to the dentist. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), for every child under the age of 18 without medical insurance, there are at least two without dental insurance. This highlights the need for discount dental plans and other options that help children gain access to affordable care.
Recently, the University of California, Los Angeles, received a $9 million grant, to be used to help children in the L.A. area between the ages of 1 and 5 gain access to dental care in a continuously accessible and family-centered way.
"As a prototype for community-based systems of oral health care, this project promises to bring about preventative and lasting improvements in oral health, not only in the Los Angeles community but eventually at national and global scales as well," said No-Hee Park, D.M.D., Ph.D., dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry, quoted by OrthodonticsProductsOnline.com.
The ADA recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of 1, or when their first tooth comes in. This grant aims to make this a possibility for all L.A. children.
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