State of Decay: West Virginia's Oral Health Crisis

Number 23447
Subject Health Care
Source Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.)
State WV
Year 2007
Publication Date 04/29/2007; 05/06/2007; 05/07/2007; 12/03/2007; 12/10/2007; 12/11/207; 12/17/2007; 12/24/2007; 12/31/2007
Summary West Virgina has the highest percentage of "older adults who have had all their natural teeth removed. The state's Medicaid program will pay for pulling teeth, but not saving them." Also "dentists were billing the state more for pulling low-income children's teeth than for cleaning them."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 51
Keywords dentist; teeth; oral hygiene; dental work; Medicaid; lip cancer;
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