Dr. Jerry Lanier Urgently Pleads For Improvement In Child Dental Care In California

dr_lanier_headshot4One of the most shameful gaps in the American health care system involves the country’s poorest children. They can’t get basic dental treatment. It’s not that they don’t have insurance—many of them do. The problem is that dentists won’t treat them.

According to the Children’s Dental Health Project, an oral health advocacy group, 46.9 million kids are currently covered by Medicaid or CHIP, the government program that provides health insurance to children in families whose incomes are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid. But in a recent survey, only 32 percent of dentists in private practice reported treating any patients on public assistance, and that figure is likely an overestimate.

According to Dr. Jerry Lanier, California’s leading pediatric dental provider, “Children who don’t see a dentist are more likely to miss school because of infected teeth and gums and to grow into adults with severe oral health problems. Dental disease only gets worse if it’s left untreated, and when people are unable to find a dentist to help them, they often end up in the ER. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association, more than 4 million people went to hospital emergency rooms for help with dental problems from 2008 to 2010, at a cost to taxpayers of $2.7 billion, though the vast majority could get only pain relief there, rather than the dental treatment they needed. This is not only a poor way to provide care, it’s also outrageously expensive.”

Dr. Lanier, who opened his first Kids’ Dental Kare Office in 1994, believes the solution to the problem includes higher reimbursement for providers that treat the under-served population in California.

Due to the low reimbursements under California’s Denti-Cal program, many providers have stopped treating patients covered with this benefit. By increasing the Denti-Cal fees, it would create access in communities which would result in dental homes for this under-served population.

To speak with Dr. Jerry Lanier, please contact Aurora Derose at:

(310) 396-6090

Dr. Lanier Guest Speaker at Punjabi Dental Society Conference

Punjabi Dental Society
At the Punjabi Dental Society Conference; Dr. D.P. Singh Nagra, Dr. R. Salwan, Dr. Jerry Lanier

Montebello, California – Dr. Jerry Lanier, founder of Kids Dental Kare, joined the Punjabi Dental Society last Sunday June 22th, where he spoke in a variety of topics regarding the Pediatric Dental Industry. Among these topics, Dr. Lanier covered behavioral techniques to optimize dental treatment for children, as well as his trademarked business systems for managing and expanding pediatric dental practices.

Dr. Lanier’s talk was received with glowing reviews and his Pedo for GP organization began subscribing new members for its online community. PEDO FOR GP is a free platform for dentists to exchange information through the network, allowing for the spread of new pediatric dental treatment methods and technologies to become standard practices.

For more information visit http://PedoForGP.com

Kids Dental Kare Oxnard Staff READY FOR ACTION!

Kids Dental Kare has a rich tradition of excellence, and the new Kids Dental Kare Staff in the newest location in Oxnard, Ca is more than ready to give their best!