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  • Dental care gap problem for adults

    Health officials have made strides in getting low-income kids in Spokane County to the dentist, but regular dental care remains beyond the reach of many adults. More than 30 percent …


  • Filling the dental divide

    The proof is in the emergency rooms, they say: There’s a dental access problem, and it’s growing. Pointing to the number of costly ER visits by people in dental distress, …


  • Sedation eases dental procedures for panicky patients

    Chuck Gamache’s wisdom tooth was impacted, growing sideways in his jaw. It had to come out. This was terrifying, considering Gamache’s dental history: the pain of a childhood in-line skating …


  • Jailers worry about dental floss as a weapon

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it’s given jailers plenty of headaches. When a group of New York prisoners sued last month to demand access …


  • Portland, Ore., officials approve plan to add fluoride to city water to fight tooth decay

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Ore., officials approve plan to add fluoride to city water to fight tooth decay.


  • In Portland, fluoride debate is ideological clash

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s a dental story told so often it borders on cliche. When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that’s most people you meet …


  • Often overlooked, dentists say mother’s oral health connected to baby’s health

    For many pregnant women, bumping up their flossing routine – much less scheduling their first dental visit in years – may fall last on their to-do lists. But for dentists …


  • Reason to smile

    Ashley Leon, 20, hadn’t seen a dentist for a couple of years before last week. She probably wouldn’t have seen one last week, either, if she weren’t pregnant, she said. …


  • Brace yourself

    James Hill, a cyclotron engineer in Spokane, was driving his car and “chomping on nuts” when his tooth fell apart in his mouth. He pulled over. A fast call to …


  • State funds offer healthy savings

    When it came time for dental hygiene student Dana Tasche to be tested on Friday, her professors at Eastern Washington University’s Riverpoint Campus found some teeth that really needed work. …


  • Dentures’ future in fast decay

    WASHINGTON – As long as there are hockey players, there will be niche markets for false teeth. But the real news about the future of dentures is that there isn’t …


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