dental health

  The St. Petersburg Free Clinic has expanded its dental services to include providing dentures to low-income, uninsured and underserved adults in Pinellas County.

Proposal Seeks To Help Dentists In Underserved Areas

Sep 8, 2015
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

A House Republican on Friday proposed creation of a program that would offer financial help to dentists who practice in underserved areas.

Lottie Watts / WUSF

 Over two days at the Florida State Fairgrounds, volunteers organized by the Florida Dental Association provided more than $1 million in free services.

When volunteers got there to open the doors on the first day at 5 a.m., there were more than 800 people in line, according to association president Terry Buckenheimer. By the end of the event, volunteers served 1,660 patients.

Dave Buchwald

Florida is the worst state in the country at providing dental care for children insured through Medicaid, the Orlando Sentinel reports. According to a study by the Pew Children's Dental Campaign, three-fourths of children who are covered by Florida Medicaid did not get regular dental care in 2011. Experts say the problem is reimbursements that are so low that only about 15 percent of Florida’s dentists will take Medicaid patients.