Which dental practice can I use for my dental surgery?
Veterinarians in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area say they are seeing more dental students enrolling in specialty practices in their communities, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
According to data compiled by the National Association of Dental Hygienists, more than 6,000 dental students in the San Diego area have enrolled in specialized practices since the beginning of the year.
They are the first dentists in the area to do so since a similar program was created in 2014, according to the association.
“I think it’s a big step forward,” said Dr. Josepha Kornberg, executive director of the San Jose Dental Association.
Kornberg said the Affordable Health Care Act, which allows insurance companies to exclude a person’s pre-existing condition from their premiums, has allowed dentists to start offering dental services in their community.
“It allows us to give the dentists a much-needed opportunity to get into the practice,” she said.
Dentists who enroll in the Dental Care and Rehabilitation Center program will have to pass a background check and undergo an orientation to start, according the association’s website.
The program allows patients to receive the same dental care, including the same procedures, at a fraction of the cost of other practices in the community.
San Diego County is home to more than 3,200 dentists and dental hygienist positions, and about 300 of them are in San Francisco, according as of late September.
The city has also seen the growth of the dental care sector.