The News Tribune editorial (3-18) on making dental care more affordable to the poor and those on Medicaid was convincing. Washington state has the opportunity to improve the health of its citizens and receive federal funds to do so. Everyone benefits, when more of us are healthy.
Most of the arguments in the editorial also apply to approving Senate Bill 5433 (House Bill 1516) to create the category of mid-level dental professional: “Abscesses turn . . . into massive bacterial infections . . . Gum disease, untreated, wreaks havoc on diabetics. Without dental care, researchers have found that people …