Dental Care Has Decayed for Low Income Families

Like millions of Americans, Miami resident Claribel Agramonte could not afford dental insurance, so she looked for an inexpensive dentist to fix her 14-year-old daughter's broken tooth. A friend recommended Humberto Francisco Perez, an 81-year old "backyard dentist" who said he could do the work on the cheap.

Police say Perez left the girl permanently disfigured.

They said Perez filed four of the girl's front teeth all the way down to the gums, then tried to replace them with an iron bar painted white. For weeks after the procedure, the child cried and complained of pain and sensitivity.

Finally, her mother took her to a professional dentist and filed a police report. In