Four little boys, dressed in khaki trousers and polo shirts, came in together and huddled shyly. In , year-old Deamonte Driver pictured above died after bacteria from an abscessed tooth traveled to his brain. He and his mother played cards and watched a show on television, lying together on his hospital bed. Alyce found a ride back to the hospital. But she laments that less than half of kids in Maryland with Medicaid are not being treated.

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She was the daughter of a single mother, who had struggled to support her family by working in a Tennessee shoe factory. You’ll receive access to exclusive information and early alerts about our documentaries and investigations. Entries that are unsigned or are “signed” by someone other than the actual author will be removed. But it’s not just about your mouth. Otto says that some medical doctors in Maryland are now giving kids fluoride treatments as a preventative measure, and that almost 40 percent of kids with Medicaid received some dental care.

The dentist had not referred her to dewth provider, and Alyce was not sure how to find one. You may also like. Posted in HealthcareHuman Rights ; Tagged: Twitter Facebook E-mail Share Comments.

Tragic Results When Dental Care Is Out Of Reach

He went to the emergency room, where he was prescribed painkillers and antibiotics. Farmers risk loss of federal payments, loans, from shutdown. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control cites tooth decay as one of the most common chronic infectious diseases among U.


Lawyer Laurie Norris — who was now working on a national level to hold state Medicaid dental programmes accountable, through her role as a senior policy adviser at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — distributed white candles from a box in the boot of her car.

Your mouth is full of bacteria. Then she trained as a dental assistant. Roundtable breakout sessions will allow the attendees to identify barriers and identify practical solutions.

She placed a paper bib on the child and examined her, noting the steel crowns on some of her baby teeth.

What is even more unnerving is that more than ten years later, the system in Washington, DC has seen little improvement in removing the barriers to accessing dental services for children with special health care needs.

They had to remove a bone.

He quoted the prophet Jeremiah, standing beside a large photograph of Deamonte. If his family had not lost its Medicaid.

How can a child die of toothache in the US?

For children in low-income families, like the Drivers, there is nearly twice the risk for untreated tooth decay. Such a procedure would have saved his life.

After he was taken to the hospital to be treated for a headache, Deamonte became sicker, eventually needing two brain surgeries. A year of disruption: He and his mother played cards and watched a show on television, lying together on his hospital bed.


Toothache Leads to Boy’s Death. Then Marcus Johnson returned, smiling, with the first stage of an emergency root canal completed and another appointment scheduled. This is exactly what happened in two high-profile cases over dezth past five years.

At Dental Benefit Providers, Norris reached a customer service representative who explained that DaShawn would need to see a general dentist, who would provide a referral to an oral surgeon, who would be able to give him the treatment he needed.

We never would have let that boy die! Tue 13 Jun Amid the passionate discussion at the NDA meeting, the feamonte women began to develop a plan.

Toothache Leads to Boy’s Death – ABC News

O n 11 Januaryabout 30 miles from Baltimore, a boy named Deamonte Driver — a normally energetic child — came home dea,onte school not feeling well. Failed GOP candidate known for ‘deportation bus’ charged with insurance fraud. She took up the clipboard with a paper chart for each child. Some say they just want their jobs back.