Florida desperately necessities extra dental remedy suppliers

A certified dental assistant and University of Florida dental student clean a patients teeth at the ACORN Clinic in Brooker in 2017.

After I grew to grow to be authorities director at Alachua County Agency for Rural Calls for Inc. (ACORN), a rural dental clinic in North Central Florida in early 2020, I skilled no plan of the problems that have been forward for the dental care market. Contemplating that the onset of COVID-19, proper after momentary closures and the decline of a number of suppliers, some outdated dental remedy issues have resurfaced and have even been exacerbated within the pandemic’s aftermath. 

We discover ourselves unable to make use of and even uncover candidates for suppliers, most of these as dentists and dental hygienists. We additionally reside in an area the place the will and have to have for very inexpensive dental remedy is seemingly endless.   

HB 997 submitted by Rep. Melony Bell and SB 1444 submitted by Sen. Jason Brodeur will cut back avoidable boundaries to dental remedy, particularly for individuals who can minimal pay for it, and enhance the dental workforce in Florida.   

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