New legislation aiming to extend dental services to those without

March 6th, 2014


Dental academic software helps university clinics administer the best oral care possible to their many patients. However, even with the recent advancements in dentistry, there are still thousands of Americans struggling with their oral health – and not because they're not brushing.

Throughout the U.S., countless families are struggling to maintain proper dental hygiene for one simple reason: they don't have access to a dentist. The Health Resources and Services Administration claims there are currently 4,600 areas designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas, meaning that for every 5,000 residence there is only one dentist, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The overwhelming lack of dental services is largely the result of low funding. However, a new piece of legislation titled "The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2013, H.R. 3120," authored by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) could help usher in a new era of oral health for the nation.

If passed, H.R. 3120 would work to extend dentistry services in underserved and underfunded areas, as well as improve oral health education for medical professionals studying to become dentists, as well as other specialties.

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