This week PBS NewsHour is airing a series of reports on the dental crisis in America. Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser is reporting from several areas of the country- towns like Grundy, Virginia in Appalachia and Bethel, Alaska-- where residents do not receive enough dental care.
According to Bowser's stories, poverty and geographic isolation keep these populations from visiting the dentist, but there's also a larger concern: In September, the federal government identified more than 4,500 areas of the country where there simply aren't enough dentists.
In the first report, ADA President, Dr. Bill Calnon is featured.
Online coverage, including video interviews and slideshows, are available on the NewsHour website.