Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

Tag: dental care

Feb.
21st

HEALTH: Quality dental care is critical for all

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

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Feb.
3rd

HEALTH: Do more to meet unmet dental needs

Re: “Dental practitioner proposals pose considerable health, financial risks” (Viewpoint, 2-3).

More than a decade ago, the U.S. surgeon general gave the first report on the “Oral Health in America,” addressing the unmet dental needs and the problem of access to oral health care in the United States. Since then, organized dentistry has made little attempt to provide any real solutions.

Barriers to oral health care are many: economics, location, transportation and culture just being a few. The economic barrier is only a fraction of the problem as reported by the American Dental Association
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Arguments against

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Feb.
3rd

HEALTH: Working poor need dental care

Dental hygienist Anita Rodriguez (Viewpoint, 1-29) recently expressed concerns close to my heart about dental care needs. I appreciate the follow-up opinion by dentist Sammy Pak (Viewpoint, 2-3), but it still leaves me completely out in the cold.

Where can I turn for the help I need for the broken tooth that plagues me nightly with aches? As a member of the working poor, I have no insurance and can’t afford the extreme costs of my dental needs. Yet my taxes pay for convicted felons to receive full dental care, including dentures.

When times were better, I was

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