oral health

Bill: Entice Dentists to Underserved Areas

Feb 3, 2015
U.S. Navy

A Senate Republican on Monday filed a proposal that would create a program to provide financial help to dentists who work in areas of Florida that lack adequate dental care.

The proposal (SB 606), filed by Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, would provide money that could be used for such things as repaying dental-school loans and investing in property and facilities.

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.