Study finds many kids lack dental care because of dentist shortage

(WXYZ) - Researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts say there is a shortage of dentists in the U.S. and the nation's youngest patients are suffering because of it.

The report, titled "In Search Of Dental Care," also said too few dentists participate in Medicaid, which is contributing to the problem.

Researchers say 45 million Americans live in areas with a dentist shortage and more than 14 million low-income children did not see a dentist 2011.

In Michigan, 61.5 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid were not able to see a dentist in 2011, according to the report.

Researchers worry the shortage will get worse when millions of new children become eligible for dental care under the new health care reform law.

Researchers at Pew Charitable Trusts say in order to fix the shortage, the nation will need more than 6,000 new dentists by 2014.

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