Healthy Living: Dental Care Program
A University of Utah dental school program teaching students how to care for the underserved yielded more than fixed teeth.
A study found that 300 clients who got comprehensive dental care stayed in rehab longer and got jobs and homes.
In Healthy Living, see how dramatic the improvement was over the 1,000 clients who didn’t get dental care.
The original grant for the dentistry program ran out.
But Dr. Hanson worked to get the Legislature to approve a new program for the same client base, and it’s tied to Medicaid.
He says not only is this life-changing for clients, it will save the state and federal government money in rehab relapse, prison costs, and health care costs.