Child dies from lack of basic dental care
#2 Shkreli Award Winner, 2017 The second award for 2017 goes to the American dental health system, for allowing a 4-year-old to die from sedation during a dental procedure. The case was highlighted as an example of “an avoidable tragedy” in the journal Pediatrics, not just because surgery under sedation is not recommended for children, but because the boy’s cavities could have been prevented with access to regular dental checkups. Until dental health is recognized as a component of overall health and more effort is made to expand access to dental care, Americans will continue to be harmed from lack of preventive dental care.
SOURCE: Paul C. McLean, WBUR