The dentists who treat America’s poorest residents are no strangers to the struggles of people in poverty.
The country has struggled with chronic shortages of toothbrushes and toothpaste, and as of 2010, only 9 percent of Americans were able to afford toothbrushing and toothpastes.
Now, a growing number of dentists are trying to change that.
In California, Blackwood is among those working to change the system that leaves the poorest Americans without access to dental care.
Dentists in the Golden State have begun to use blockchain technology to track and track their patients’ health status.
And in Oregon, Blackwoods is making dental care accessible to more people.
In the state of Oregon, just over two-thirds of adults are considered low-income.
Blackwood has spent the past year using the Blockchain to help improve the dental care that millions of Americans rely on, including more accessible and accessible toothbrushed products.
“If you’re going to work for somebody who’s not earning enough to afford a toothbrush, it’s important that you’re working for somebody whose income is in line with that,” Blackwood said.
Blackwood says that by partnering with Dentists United, Dentists Oregon, and the National Association of Dental Plans, she is helping more people in Oregon have the dental services they need to live healthy lives.
“There are a lot of people who have really struggled in their lives because of lack of dental care, and that is what I wanted to do to address that,” she said.
“I wanted to give these people the tools they need.”
Dentistry is not only about saving money, but also about connecting people with their health care providers, Blackthorn said.
She believes in working with those who are not in the dental industry and helping them get the dental help they need.
She said that dental care is not just about the money.
It is about the people in the community.
“I think there is a lot more to dentistry than just getting money,” she explained.
“We are all connected.”
Dental care in Oregon was not always so accessible, and Blackwood’s experiences are a stark reminder of that.
As a teen, Blackestwood had to walk four miles to her dentist, and at 18, she was denied a toothpaste and toothbrush because she was on welfare.
After her surgery, Blackerton worked in a daycare and she didn’t have dental insurance until she was in her 40s.
She has been working as a dental hygienist for 25 years.
“It’s a very important part of my job, because I feel I need to be able to access dental care,” she noted.
“And that’s the way I think about it.
That’s not a job I have a choice in.”
As the dental hygeineer for the Portland-based organization Dentists of Oregon (DOP), Blackerton believes she has the ability to help the millions of people around the state.
“We are just one of the few groups in Oregon who have access to the dental technology that is really available to our patients,” she told Newsweek.
“Dental technology is really cutting edge and it’s coming out of a place where there are a huge amount of people that have been denied health care.”
Blackerton hopes that by working with Dentics United and other organizations, she can help other dentists and dentists across the country to also be able access dental services, including those that are out of reach for many.
“The biggest thing I hope is that people in underserved communities, and even those that might be considered high-income, are able to have access because of the dental tech that is available,” she added.
Dental treatment is not always affordable.
But Blackerton is doing what she can to make that happen.
She recently started working with the Oregon Dental Foundation to build out a dental tech network, and she is also working to open dental clinics in undersheriffed communities.
For Blackerton, the success of Dentists Unite hinges on the work of the people working behind the scenes.
“This is not a small group of people working in a small office, and it is not an isolated group of dentistry, it is a very, very large organization working to provide dental care to a lot, and we need to really be on the front lines and help our community,” she commented.