In 2016, Dentists in New York City were being forced to close.
As of June 30, the city had fewer than 1,000 dentists.
The city is currently struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
But with a new city council meeting coming up in July, the fate of dental care in the city could very well be in doubt.
New York’s Dentists Association says it’s concerned about the impact of the hurricane, which has devastated the city.
As a result, the association is calling for a state of emergency to be declared for New York state, a move that would force Dentists to close for good.
“As the governor and our legislators have already said, the state is in a state not to reopen, it’s a state to stay in a safe state of temporary suspension,” said Dentists association President Steven Geller in a statement.
“We have been told to stay out of the state and there are no signs that the city is doing that.”
New York has one of the highest rates of dental emergencies in the country, and in some areas it has a high mortality rate.
The state’s dental insurance program is also in a precarious position.
Under a state law, dental care has to be covered through insurance if it’s required for the purpose of protecting people from an emergency.
However, some dentists say that insurance companies are refusing to pay out to dentists, and that dentists are facing a steep premium increase.
Dentists say they’ve seen insurance companies deny coverage to dentist surgeries that are not covered by their insurance.
New Yorkers are also seeing the cost of tooth fillings skyrocket as dentists can’t get access to dental supplies needed for emergency dental procedures.
The New York Daily News reported on May 17 that New York dental clinics were struggling to provide supplies to residents in the aftermath.
In response, the dental association is asking for a federal bailout of dentists in the state.
Dentistry, a nonprofit, has operated in New Yorks hospitals for decades, and the association hopes to expand that service.