It is about time we had a book that took a serious look at our profession, the connection between oral health and systemic health, and the troubling state of oral health in poor American inner cities. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It focused on the state of Maryland. Mary does a great job at shining a light on how divided dental care is from medicine. One of the things I found most disturbing is how time and again people or groups – across different time periods and parts of the country – would try to create ways to bring preventative dental care to poor children in schools and be sued and fought tooth and nail by dentists. It jumped back and forth without clear transitions or logic. Teeth endure longer than bone, withstand fires, floods, time

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Teeth: Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Otto is right to note that midlevel providers dental therapeuticians could help solve the access problems. I think it accomplishes its aim admirably and gives us much to discuss about improving our system of dental care, and its reach.

It should be a long essay to a politician. People with teeth or people who have had teeth or people who are in any way familar with teeth.

This topic can be invisible for some people and a deeamonte dilemma for others. May 16, Joshua Lundin rated it it was amazing. This confirms that you are a human visitor and prevents spam.


I am familiar with a large portion of this book, having already been aware of how medical insurance and care far exceed dental care and insurance. I highly recommend it.

Her new book has received high praise in national publications such as the Atlantic and the New Republic and from leaders across the state of Maryland. Otto takes a journey into the mouth to look a the connections of oral disease and decreased job prospects no one gets hired if they are missing a front toothlow educational achievement kids can’t perform if they have a chronic toothache. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Efforts to extend more affordable care are explored through dental therapists serving Alaska Natives, dental hygienists seeing more independence and versatility in South Carolina, and past movements to create dental auxiliaries, much of which has been opposed by the American Dental Association as a threat to dentist’s privileged economic well-being.

You will need to go, it’s just a matter of time. They used their gifts to help bring this book to life.

Teeth: Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto

The lawyer who deamoonte Otto the tip was working on behalf of Alyce Driver, who had a year-old son, Deamonte, with an infected tooth.

Take care of yourself. Ogto does a great job at shining a light on how divided dental care is from medicine. Great book that will hopefully lead A subject that hits close to home and have always wondered why this subject wasn’t covered more. Must read for all dental professions, public policy makers. Get to Know Marj. A lot of it was dry history and dry policy. The vast majority of these people are covered by Medi-Cal, Jary Medicaid program.


Dental boards are adamantly opposed that these providers are endangering patients and not qualified or the underlying reason is that they will suck up revenue from general dentists.

Some quotes I liked: Just wait until corporations and venture capitalists take over the practice of dentistry! The lack of dental care for millions of Americans is a national shame. Therefore the teeth have been separated from the body and often not included in important health care legislation. They phoned eighty-five Illinois dental practices twice, a month apart, in an attempt to determine whether a child’s Medicaid status affected a parent’s ability to get a dental appointment.

If most dentists take this approach, you can see where this is going. The New Press; 1 edition March 14, Language: It is not case-sensitive. This book by turns made me sad, deamontee, frustrated and it also often made me squirm. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Who cannot sleep because of continuing dental pain and no available dental care? Ships from and sold by Amazon.