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Oral Health in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Dentists Detail Challenges Of Rural Dental Care
Jul 2, 2018 - Radio interview with Sean Boynes from the DentaQuest Institute, Laura McKean of AllCare, and Bruce Austin, the dental director for the Oregon Health Authority. Discussion includes rural dental care access and the impact of dental health on overall health, with significant focus on access and efforts to integrate medical and dental care in rural Oregon.
Source: Jefferson Public Radio
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Rural America Has Too Few Dentists — and Too Few Patients Who Can Pay
Jun 7, 2018 - Discusses oral health needs and disparities in rural America, focusing on a rural town in West Virginia. Although things like workforce shortages and preventive services either being reimbursed at low rates or not being covered at all by Medicaid or Medicare can contribute to the problem, this also touches on the economic realities of rural America and how difficult it can be to afford care even when it is accessible. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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Last Updated: 7/6/2018