Every day, I see patients with serious dental problems. They come to me with abscessed teeth, fevers and severe pain. Some have malnutrition because they are unable to eat properly. In others, you can see that their front teeth are literally rotting in their mouths.
I’m not a dentist. I’m a medical doctor.
The patients I’m seeing can’t get dental care. They don’t have dental insurance, and they can’t afford to pay for dental care on their own.
Three community health centers in the area offer basic dental services on a sliding income scale, but they can’t see everyone who needs care. Hardworking private dentists are all at maximum capacity.