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State Expands Dental Coverage for Poor — But Getting Treatment Is Another Matter
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Inside the cavernous main building at the Sacramento County Fairgrounds was a beehive of activity. But this was no county fair or concert.

Instead, hundreds of long, reclining dental chairs fill the floor, and 2,000 people wait for a turn. The sound of drilling buzzed the air, and the acrid smell of anesthetic permeated it.

It was free dental day – a special program run by the California Dental Association Foundation. “CDA Cares” took over the entire fairgrounds for this event in March, and 300 dentists were busy pumping in Novocain and making lame jokes to captive patients.

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