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'Silent Epidemic' of Dental Disease Threatens Poor Kids Health

 03/04/2012 - Every time Dr. Martee Engel treats a young patient whose teeth have brown or white chalky spots, she's reminded of an acute problem affecting children - particularly poor children.

Engel sees more than her share of early childhood tooth decay as dental director at Denver Harbor Clinic in northeast Houston. The clinic treats mostly poor children who are twice as likely as more affluent children to have untreated tooth decay, studies show.


Texas has done a better job than most states in improving access to dental care during the past decade, according to a study by the Pew Center on the States.

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