By Dr. Cesar Sabates
“The mouth is the window into the health of the body” is a well-known phrase in the health care community.
As a dentist who has practiced for 30 years, I know that this statement is true.
I’ve treated patients who could not undergo transplants until the infections in their mouths were treated, and I’ve treated patients who couldn’t eat or sleep properly because of the pain of gum infection and decayed teeth, which can be associated with medical conditions such as diabetes.
Click here to read the full article in the Miami Herald published on Dec. 26, 2019.
Dr. Cesar Sabates is president of Florida Donated Dental Services, a past president of the Florida Dental Association, a Trustee of the American Dental Association and a practicing dentist in Coral Gables.
Florida Donated Dental Services program, which gives dental care to patients unable to pay, is seeking full funding from the state. Getty Images
By Daylina Miller, WUSF News
Dentists burdened by high student loan debt may soon get some relief.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 843 that — among other things — revives a defunct loan repayment program for dentists who see low-income patients.
“This is a way that we can provide care in those communities that are underserved, be able to reach Floridians who don’t have access to a dentist, and be able to have them be a Medicaid provider,” said Jolene Paramore, president of the Florida Dental Association.
“We want them to also establish in those communities because there’ll be jobs created from the dental team. And more importantly, to get care to those individuals who need help, (and) reduce emergency department visits.”
Dentists from public schools may graduate with $250,000 to $300,000 in loans. Private schools can run up to $500,000. High payments and low Medicaid reimbursement rates make it hard for them to practice in underserved areas.
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Thank you to all who have already registered to volunteer at this year’s Florida Mission of Mercy! There is still time to sign up — join us on March 22-23 at Edgewater High School in Orlando and help bring relief from dental pain to thousands of patients. To learn more, watch the video below and visit flamom.org to sign up today!
Click here to read the article in Florida Today.
A dentist demonstrates to a child the proper way to brush teeth in order to prevent tooth decay. (Photo: Courtesy/NM Voices for Children)