COVID-19 increasing dentist shortage, new Eastman Institute for Oral Health program looks to help

Alonzo Osche

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester has started a new program to address the growing shortage of dentists and dental assistants, something the COVID-19 pandemic is only making worse.

The national shortage of health care providers in the oral health industry comes at a time when staying on top of your oral health could help keep you safe from COVID-19.

“Oral hygiene has a lot to do with your general health” said first year dental student Penelope Perez. “It kind of amazes me how many people don’t understand if

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