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The Dental Divide: Why So Many In N.H. Get Inadequate Care

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Whether they have insurance or not, many Americans have trouble affording dental care. This leaves many adults -and children- forgoing needed dental care that leads to bigger health problems down the road. But  medical research and many doctors are promoting the idea that insurance for oral health should not be separated from general health insurance, setting the stage for potential reforms to the way we treat the health of our teeth.

This program was originally broadcast on July 29, 2015.


  • Eleanor Jaffee - evaluation research associate at the Carsey School of Public Policy. She wrote the recent Carsey report on oral health care access in N.H.
  • Dr. Lisa Simon – instructor in Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. Dr. Simon’s work focuses on improving access to care for vulnerable populations and integration of oral health into primary care. Her research addresses barriers to oral health faced by low-income individuals.
  • Dr. Peter Welnak – family dentist in Keene, and current president of the NH Dental Society


  • Tom Raffio – president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental
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