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Dental Care Crisis


Dental education and regular dental care are important factors in keeping our bodies healthy. Poor dental health can create problems ranging from gingivitis to heart disease. According to a recent Pew study, half of all kids enrolled in North Carolina’s Medicaid program did not receive dental care in 2011. While there are many factors keeping the underserved from seeking dental care, one of the most notable is a nationwide shortage of dentists and dental hygienists. A conversation about access to dentistry and oral health, when Charlotte Talks.

Jane Koppelman
- Research Director, Children’s Dental Campaign, Pew Charitable Trusts
Ryan Root - President of Business Operations for Smile Starters
Audry Boren - lead hygienist at Smile Starters
Dr. Lewis Lampiris - Dentistry in Service to the Community Director at UNC School of Dentistry