On Wednesday, February 22, practitioners, policymakers, and parents convened at UM Carey Law to examine children's access to oral health care. Hosted by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings '76, the forum discussed the tremendous progress in this area as well as the improvements that are still needed.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month, but this month also marks a more somber occasion: the fifth anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy from Prince George's County who died when an infection from an abscessed tooth spread to his brain. An extraction costing about $80, had it been accessible to him, could have saved Deamonte's life.
After opening remarks by Congressman Cummings, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, and Senator Ben Cardin '67, two panels of experts discussed the state of children's dental health in Maryland and throughout the country. Speakers included:
Rachel W. W. Granfield