In Alaska, Better Dental Care
This article was produced and provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Alaska Natives have found a way to add more dental providers. Can Indian Country be far behind? Historical evidence suggests that dental disease was rare among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in the early 20th century. Today, AI/ANs have more untreated tooth decay and gum disease than any other population group, due to socioeconomic status, changes in diet, lack of preventive programs, and simply not enough dental professionals to meet the huge backlog of untreated disease.