Mexico's 2010 census counted fewer than 5,500 residents in Los Algodones, but more than 350 dentists ply their trade here, serving U.S. and Canadian patients seeking affordable procedures. Ted Robbins/NPR hide caption

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Kamora Cyprian got her teeth cleaned at a free health care event in the Los Angeles Sports Arena in September 2012. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Health care reform should make it easier for many children to get routine dental checkups that are covered by insurance. Terry J Alcorn/ hide caption

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Marcia Esters hopes charity will pay for dental work that Medicaid used to cover. Erika Beras hide caption

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