For children with special health care needs, dental hygiene is often low on the list of priorities for their parents and or caregivers. The partial denture was not covered by Medicaid, but the dentist let her have it for free, telling her: He received physical and occupational therapy, did schoolwork, and enjoyed visits from his mother, his brothers and teachers from his school. For the same price that Deamonte Driver and his family could purchase a ounce-bottle of clean, fresh water, Deamonte could purchase a sugar laden , tooth decaying two-liter bottle of soda. His story underscores the growing need in this wealthy nation to provide adequate dental care to our nation’s children. The same was the case for his younger brother DeShawn, who needed six teeth extracted.

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In early September, he was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died. While affluent county residents who commuted to government and private-sector jobs enjoyed insurance coverage and a choice of medical and dental providers, poor and working-poor families grew increasingly isolated and faced dwindling access to care. Deamonte Driver is a name that may be familiar dsath people in the DC area. Further, I pondered, what if Deamonte Driver had deamknte died from a tooth infection.

O n 11 Januaryabout 30 miles from Baltimore, a boy named Deamonte Driver — a normally energetic child — came home from school not feeling well. However, the Driver family faced obstacles with Deamnote, poverty, and access to resources, resulting in an easily preventable health problem turning deadly. Toothache Leads to Boy’s Death. What is even more unnerving is that more than ten years later, the system in Washington, DC has seen little improvement in removing the barriers to accessing dental services for children with special health care needs.


How can a child die of toothache in the US?

But it’s not just about your mouth. It was a molar on the upper-left side of his mouth: By the age of 11, approximately half of children have decay, and by the age of 19, tooth decay in the permanent teeth affects about 68 percent of adolescents.

And inKyle Willis, the nephew of musician Bootsy Collins, died after being unable to afford antibiotics to treat a tooth infection. The representative also explained that the Medicaid portion of United Healthcare was actually called AmeriChoice: Or maybe he just took dewth pain for granted. The instruments whirred and pulsed, and beneath their sounds was the hum of the generator that powered the clinic.

Oral health is an important part of overall health. Carver-Taylor and her colleagues saw thousands of teeth: Congressman Elijah Cummings was there.

For the same price that Deamonte Driver and his family could detah a ounce-bottle of clean, fresh water, Deamonte could purchase a sugar ladentooth decaying two-liter bottle of soda. She still carried the memory of her own childhood pain. Defense Secretary Mattis to leave post earlier than expected, Trump says. But in Baltimore, experts at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry were not so surprised that a child had died, having regularly seen the grave consequences of rampant oral disease.

For children in low-income families, like the Drivers, there is nearly twice the risk for untreated tooth decay. In August, Alyce Driver called Norris back, seeking assistance with school registration.

Toothache Leads to Boy’s Death

In later years, minority dentists from other states joined them. His story underscores the growing need in this wealthy nation to provide adequate dental care to our nation’s children. When a year-old boy lost his life as deth result of an untreated tooth abscess in Maryland inhis story revealed how hard it can be for people on low incomes to get the dental care they are entitled to. Otto says that some medical doctors in Maryland are now giving kids fluoride treatments as a preventative measure, and that almost 40 percent of kids with Medicaid received some dental care.


The sad reality is that all of this could have been prevented. I pondered which purchase made more sense for the cash-deprived, homeless youth wanting to quench his thirst and unaware of the full negative implications of drinking sugar drinks while having no access to affordable dental care.

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Lawyer Laurie Norris — who was now working on a national level to hold state Medicaid dental programmes accountable, through her role as a senior policy adviser at the Dezth for Medicare and Medicaid Services — distributed white candles from a box in the boot of her car. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules: From there, bacteria get into the blood stream and can travel virtually anywhere.

A third dentist who had volunteered had not shown up. The bench at the front of the van was full of children waiting to see the dentist.