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Lack of dental insurance is often lost in the health care debate, but it impacts millions
Orland Press Register

The severe pain struck when Christian Ortega’s lower left molars decayed, causing one molar to break. The pain was so bad that one day he had to skip his shift as a cook.

Lacking dental insurance, Ortega had previously scheduled an appointment at a Western Dental office, where he says the quote he was given to treat the decayed teeth was around $4,000, with a discount.

The 32-year-old Fresno father says he couldn’t afford to pay that amount, so he decided to forgo treatment.

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