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Program to Bring Dentists to Rural Alaska Under Fire

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Program to Bring Dentists to Rural Alaska Under Fire

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Program to Bring Dentists to Rural Alaska Under Fire

Program to Bring Dentists to Rural Alaska Under Fire

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Children in rural Alaska suffer dental decay at 2 1/2 times the national rate — partially because few dentists are willing to work in rural Alaska. The Indian Health Service program has brought in foreign-trained dental therapists to work in rural areas. But the American Dental Association opposes the practice,and this week filed suit in Alaska charging that these therapists are practicing dentistry illegally.

From the Alaska Public Radio Network, Annie Feidt reports.