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Deamonte Driver

Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Step one involves a toothbrush, some dental floss, a little toothpaste and a commitment to use them a couple of times a day. It's also important to visit a dental professional for preventive care at least once a year. That last part is not so easy or inexpensive for many people.

Boys Death From Toothache Leads To Greater Dental Care Access For Kids

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Since Deamonte's death, Congress has recognized dental coverage as an important component of comprehensive care for children, enacting major policy changes to improve kids' coverage.

States: Even After Boy's Death, Many Children Still Don't Get Medicaid Dental Care

AP | ANN SANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two years after a 12-year-old Maryland boy died from an untreated tooth infection, low-income kids continue to face barriers to den...