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Dental Therapists

Organized Dentistry Loses Big In Another State As Propaganda Stops Working

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In health care public policy fights, it's very hard for an underdog to overcome a massively funded lobbying and propaganda campaign. Today, though, the underdog is celebrating a huge win.

America's Silent Epidemic Will End When Public Officials Stop Kowtowing to a Single Special Interest

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Dental care is expensive. That's not a big problem for the affluent, most of whom have dental benefits anyway. But, it's a very big deal for the less well off. As a consequence, many if not most people without dental benefits forego preventive and routine care. And a lot of them wind up in hospital emergency rooms when pain caused by diseased teeth and gums becomes unbearable.

How a Little Known Native-American Tribe Is Leading the Way to Better Dental Care in America

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In a David versus Goliath showdown, a small Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest is challenging one of the country's most powerful and politically well-connected special interests in its mission to improve the oral health of its children.

Is Crony Capitalism a Big Reason for America's Dental Health Care Crisis?

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For an example of how Big Money in politics is causing real harm to average Americans, look at the practice of dentistry in this country. The United States is facing a dental care crisis for a number of reasons.

Why Growing Numbers of Americans Are Embarrassed to Smile

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In his landmark 2000 report, "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General," Surgeon General David Satcher wrote that "there are profound and consequential disparities in the oral health of our citizens." Those disparities persist, and not only that, but lack of access to affordable dental care has spread to the middle class.

Why I'm OK Having a Mid-Level Dental Practitioner Work on My Teeth

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Until a few years ago, I wouldn't have believed that anyone with 24 months of training (plus a six- to 12-month preceptorship) could help solve America's dental health care crisis. Now I know better.

A Free-Market Solution to Alleviating America's Oral Health Crisis: Dental Therapists

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Millions of us, including middle-income individuals and families, lack dental insurance. For those most directly affected, the consequences are pain, missed school and work and, all too often because of the connection between oral health and overall health, serious medical conditions later in life.