Written by Dentistry Today Friday, 08 October 2010 09:18
Residents of Maine will soon be voting on a $5 million bond issue that would help build dental clinics throughout the state.
A group of dentists, patients and healthcare providers are pushing for the vote to pass.
The proposal also wants to create a community-based teaching dental clinic and improve community-based healthcare and dental care clinics.
The proposal is necessary because there is currently a shortage of dentists in the state and state officials are trying to recruit newly qualified dentists. In order to get the dentists to stay in Maine, a dental school must be created because students have a better chance of staying in an area if they train there.
The problems that result from the shortage are patients must wait or travel far distances to visit a dentist.
If the bond passed, new clinics would open as a result of more students being in the area. As of now, most people have been in favor of the bill because of all the possible benefits.