SERIES: Meeting the Demand for Dental Work in Underserved Communities, Marina Kopf, Norwood News

By Marina Kopf of WFUV, March 15, 2019

Dr. Douglas York, CEO of the Union Community Health Center (UCHC) in the Belmont section of the Bronx, said the center’s waiting rooms for a dental check-up are always packed. They’re open six days a week and even some nights, hoping to get as many patients on their dentists’ chairs so they can utilize their services sometimes at no cost.

There’s a shortage of dentists in the Bronx, with 33 dentists per 100,000 people in the borough, about half the national average, according to data from the ADA and The Center for Health Workforce Studies. Dr. York said this creates problems for some patients.

“There’s a provider shortage, which means there’s an access issue,” he said.

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