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Poor have few options in dental care

Dr. Jennifer Ortiz, left, and dental assistant Arkady Itskov work on a tooth for Farinaaz Zulfekar at Hometown Health in Schenectady.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Dr. Jennifer Ortiz, left, and dental assistant Arkady Itskov work on a tooth for Farinaaz Zulfekar at Hometown Health in Schenectady.
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When it comes down to a choice between putting food on the table and visiting the dentist, checkups, cleanings and fillings often go by the wayside. According to Harris Interactive data released in May by the American Dental Association, nearly half of lower-income adults in the U.S. say they haven’t seen a dentist in a year or longer, while the vast majority of middle- and higher-income wage earners have. The data also revealed that lower-income ...

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