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WMOT Public Radio: Tenn. Dental ER Visits on the Rise, Office Visits Falling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Four year-old Emily Bratcher recently had a cavity filled, and as uncomfortable as getting your teeth drilled might be, she was lucky to be sitting in the dentist’s chair at all.

Last year, the federal Centers for Disease control ranked Tennessee 47th among the 50 states for dental care.

A recent Pew Charitable Trusts study indicates Tennessee suffers from one of the worst dentist shortages in the nation and nearly half of dentists who do practice in the state are nearing retirement.

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