I was happy to read Dr. Steven Cook’s Viewpoint (TNT, 2-18) connecting oral health and overall health. It’s true that untreated cavities can have lasting, damaging effects on children’s health and development – following them into adulthood. And while we have amazing resources to serve low-income children, there is still a huge gap in access to oral health care, especially for low-income adults.
As of Jan. 1, more than 700,000 adults in Washington were eligible for dental coverage through Apple Health. But increasing coverage won’t work unless we have providers who will see patients. For example, only one in …