States' Boost To Adult Dental Care Could Help Low-Income Residents

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NEW YORK At the Interfaith Dental Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, people with dental pain can walk into a ground floor office off Bedford Avenue and get treated without an appointment. They might have to wait in a packed waiting room. But if theyre in the door by 5 p.m., a dentist will see them.

Residents in this low- to middle-income neighborhood likely dont realize how lucky they are. The majority of Americans have to travel miles to see a dentist who takes their insurance, part