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    Hey skipster, is this your idea of a successful dental system?

    For American dentists, times have never been better.

    The same cannot be said for Americans’ teeth.

    With dentists’ fees rising far faster than inflation and more than 100 million people lacking dental insurance, the percentage of Americans with untreated cavities began rising this decade, reversing a half-century trend of improvement in dental health. Previously unreleased figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2003 and 2004, the most recent years with data available, 27 percent of children and 29 percent of adults had cavities going untreated. The level of untreated decay was the highest since the late 1980s and significantly higher than that found in a survey from 1999 to 2002.




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    Default Re: Greed in the mother country, Britain, ruins dental care, no offense Spider

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    Hey skipster, is this your idea of a successful dental system?

    For American dentists, times have never been better.

    The same cannot be said for Americans? teeth.

    With dentists? fees rising far faster than inflation and more than 100 million people lacking dental insurance, the percentage of Americans with untreated cavities began rising this decade, reversing a half-century trend of improvement in dental health. Previously unreleased figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2003 and 2004, the most recent years with data available, 27 percent of children and 29 percent of adults had cavities going untreated. The level of untreated decay was the highest since the late 1980s and significantly higher than that found in a survey from 1999 to 2002.




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    No offense taken. Fees may be rising faster than inflaton, but are dentists' incomes rising proportionally? The quoted article describes how dental care is not available to the poor, and the implication is that dentists are to blame. Connecticut dentists are being paid the same welfare fees that we were paid fourteen years ago, making it impossible to treat a significant number of these patients and remain solvent. Furthermore, money is only one factor influencing the cited figures. I see many people with full insurance coverage, who only seek my care when they have an emergency, and then don't come back until the next emergency, even after being advised that they may have other problems that could be treated in the early stages. You can blame the system, but don't blame the dentists.
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