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Face The State: Dentists Helping Underserved Kids

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Tooth decay is the most common chronic health issue for children in the U.S. according to the C.D.C. But it's very common for kids to go untreated especially in low-income populations.  

For Face the State this week I talked pediatric dentistry with two local dentists. They tell me many parents don't worry about dental care for baby teeth because they fall out anyway.

The problem is those baby teeth work as placeholders for adult teeth and if they fall out too early because of decay, that child could be set up for mouth and jaw issues, speech problems and pain. "I've seen 16, 18-year-olds, who are ready to leave high school, and they have not seen a dentist. They're ready to leave the house with no means to ever be able to afford to seek care,” says Dr. Greg Pisani, Northern Nevada Dental Health Program.

Unfortunately for low-income populations dental care is a luxury they can't afford. That's where these two doctors come in. They raise money-- and donate their time-- to help under-served children get the care they need.

And it's a personal issue for Dr. Eberle whose son Jason spent his life working to help these kids. "When he passed away, the only recourse I had, to keep his legacy alive, was to establish some sort of program that we could take care of those underserved children,” says Dr. Joseph Eberle of Desert Valley Dental in Reno.

And to watch the full interview, tune in or set your DVR for Face the State this weekend. It's airing tomorrow at 4:30 am and on Sunday at 3 and 6:30 am and 4:30 pm.  
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