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Dental pilot program gives hope to poor kids enrolled in Denti-Cal




Mireya Rodriguez, a dental hygienist, administers temporary fillings to four-year-old Erika Ruiz. Hygienists aren't allowed to give temporary fillings, but Rodriguez is part of a pilot project testing whether hygienists might become the new front line for care for low-income children.
Mireya Rodriguez, a dental hygienist, administers temporary fillings to four-year-old Erika Ruiz. Hygienists aren't allowed to give temporary fillings, but Rodriguez is part of a pilot project testing whether hygienists might become the new front line for care for low-income children.
Adrian Florido

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The Affordable Care Act and changes in state law have greatly expanded the number of poor children on Medi-Cal. Those kids are entitled to dental care through a program called Denti-Cal. 

The problem: Few dentists accept Denti-Cal patients. KPCC's Adrian Florido reports on what could be, at least, a partial solution.