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Budget proposal calls for extended outreach to get more children into the dentist chair

With student dental disease one of the most widespread public health issues in schools, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday put a new focus on early dental health outreach in his proposed budget for the coming year, praising prevention as a way to keep down future medical problems and costs. But in keeping with Brown’s avowed fiscal prudence, the budget proposal does not allocate any new funds for the $17.5 million effort, deflating some advocates’ hopes.