Author's Note: This article is part of an a series examining America's oral health care crisis. Be sure to read the previous article, "States Finally Taking Action to Improve Access to Critical Dental Care."
I hope those of you who have been following this series now have an understanding not only of the existence of our country's hidden epidemic but also its causes and effects. Among the reasons for the epidemic are the fact that millions of us live in rural areas or parts of cities where dentists do not practice. Even where there are dentists, only about a third of them accep