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California can do better by poor kids’ teeth
Sacramento Bee

Few pains are more debilitating than toothaches. For kids, a rotten tooth can mean lost days in school.

So when a state audit in December chastised the California Department of Health Care Services for shortcomings that limited access to dentistry for children of low-income parents, legislators and policymakers rightly took notice.

Part of the problem is a lack of dentists in rural California who will treat patients through Medi-Cal. One reason is that reimbursement rates are simply too low.