Supporters Back $5 Million Dental Care Bond
Supporters of a $5 million bond on the November ballot say nearly a quarter-of-a-million Mainers don’t get the dental care they need – because they live too far from it or can’t afford it. They say that would change, though, if voters pass Question 2. Backers of the bond held a news conference in Bangor today.$3.5 million of the bond would go to help build a teaching clinic as part of a newly proposed dental school in Maine. Supporters say an in-state school would encourage more would-be dentists to stay in Maine once they graduate.Dr. Brendan Hallissey at the Penobscot Community Health Care dental clinic says that means more care, in more communities.Hallissey says, “I see patients everyday that drive down four hours to see us here in Bangor from Fort Kent, Caribou and they have no other means to be seen in other places. When I first started here, we had appointments booking out for months and months at a time, just for an initial visit.”Hallissey says that’s changed since PCHC has expanded its dental program.Supporters say $1.5 million of the bond would help dental clinics offer care to up to 60,000 people a year who currently miss out on check ups.