WPR News
10:38 am
Fri April 30, 2004

Official: It Could Get Harder to Find a Dentist

Laramie, Wy – State officials say the number of dentists in
Wyoming is falling and could reach critical levels if more aren't
recruited to replace those nearing retirement.
Grant Christensen is the new administrator of the Wyoming
Department of Health's Dental Division.
He says Wyoming particularly needs more dentists to serve its
low-income population.
Currently, just 25 dentists are providing about 80 percent of
the state's Medicaid dental treatment.
Pending increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates could help.
But in the meantime, Christensen and others are working to recruit
more dentists.
Possibilities include a student loan repayment program and
interviewing out-of-state dentists to determine what's keeping them
from Wyoming.