Cavity Conundrum

Rural West Virginia has a severe shortage of dentists, and it shows.

In 2014 and 2015 nearly half of counties had less than 6 practicing dentists; just ½ of adults statewide visited a dentist in 2014. 

Offering incentives to send more dentists to rural America seems like an obvious solution. But the truth is more complex, especially in a country where so many lack dental insurance.

"People don’t go to the dentist if they can’t afford to, no matter how many dentists there are," writes Anne Kim.

The Washington Post

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