Dental clinics in Texas could close, health officials warn
Dental care in Texas is facing its worst crisis since the Great Depression, as hospitals in some parts of the state close and doctors, dentists and other professionals move out of the communities they once occupied.
Dental programs in some communities are also suffering from shortages of doctors, nurses and other personnel.
Many hospitals, hospitals in many states, and some public schools have closed or are struggling to fill vacancies.
A growing number of state health officials and dentists are warning that dental programs in Texas, a state that has one of the highest rates of tooth decay in the country, could be wiped out.
In a report released this week, the Texas Dental Association and the Texas Hospital Association warned that dental care in the state could be at risk of collapse.
The association and the hospital association are asking for a federal waiver that would allow them to continue to work on their work to rebuild the dental workforce and help ensure dental services remain accessible.
The Texas Dentist Association and Texas Hospital Foundation also have filed lawsuits against the state and the governor seeking reimbursement for lost income and other losses, according to a news release.
The federal waiver would allow the dental association and Texas hospitals to continue their work, the release said.
The dental association, in a news report, said the dental program has been in dire need of assistance for years and it is in desperate need of federal help to rebuild it.
DENTIST IN TEXAS, DENTAL CARE FALLOUT Dental health services in Texas are at risk because of an acute shortage of dentists, dentist doctors and dental assistants, said a statement issued by the dental group, the state’s largest dental association.
The situation is particularly acute because of the recent outbreak of a deadly coronavirus that has killed at least five people and sickened hundreds more, the association said.
Denturella Gorman, executive director of the Texas Dentist Association, said that the crisis is only going to get worse as dentists continue to lose their jobs, according the news release issued Wednesday.
She added that the shortage of dental staff has been exacerbated by a recent spike in the number of cases of coronaviruses.
The state has had a shortage of 1,500 dentists.
In addition to the coronaviral pandemic, the number one priority for the state health department is to provide dental care services to Texans.
According to a new state report, Texas has a dental shortage of more than 200,000 dentists in addition to nearly 200,00 dental assistants.
According the report, only about 70,000 dental assistants are employed in the dental profession.
In some areas, the shortage is so acute that some dentists have to use a wheelchair.
“This is a crisis that cannot be addressed in a short period of time, but is a very, very dangerous situation for everyone involved,” Gorman said in the statement.
“We need to do all we can to make sure that the dentists of Texas have the dental services that they need to care for their patients and to do that, we need to make dental care available in the communities we serve.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services says there are about 2,600 dental facilities statewide, and that more than 90% of dental offices are staffed by registered dental assistants and dental hygienists.
The department said the shortage has prompted dental facilities to close and to consider consolidating, and said it has issued an emergency order for the closure of some facilities.
According a news conference Wednesday by the governor’s office, Gov.
Greg Abbott said that while the health department has a long way to go to rebuild dental care, it is the job of the dental commission and the state dental associations to lead by example and provide the state with the services that we need.
He said that, as we are rebuilding our health care system, we have to ensure that we have the resources to ensure we have dental care to provide for the needs of our residents.
The governor also said that dental facilities are required to be certified to be dental hygeineists.
Under the Texas Health Care Quality Assurance Act, dental facilities must have at least 10 certified dental hygenists in order to qualify for Medicaid reimbursements.
The commission is asking the state for the waiver to allow them a short-term extension so that dental workers can return to work and that the state can hire more dentists so that the dental staff can have more dental care options.
The order also calls for a public meeting on Friday between the commission and a representative from the governor and the health commissioner to review the emergency order and address the issues raised.
The health commissioner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the meantime, the dental unions have asked the state to reimburse all dental care costs incurred by dentists who are not licensed.
The American Dental Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio seeking to require state-certified dental hy