Rx for Rural Health | Lack of insurance, poverty, drug abuse lead to dental problems | Local News

Alonzo Osche

CUMBERLAND — While rates of emergency department visits for dental conditions are lowering in Maryland among people younger than age 65, numbers are on the rise for senior citizens.

Dr. Diane Romaine recently cited that data from the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, and several other statistics that show an inequity of dental care for folks of a certain age.

Nationally, “70{20335960d828ac45ef5fde98a5aa7f4c1fb21de0715bafc997f46433d5bf3454} of people age 65 and older … have no dental benefit,” she said.

Romaine, who offers comprehensive dental care at practices in Frostburg and Bedford, Pennsylvania, is a dean’s faculty educator for the University of Maryland School

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