New Hampshire State Senate to Study Oral Health Workforce Expansion

New Hampshire State Senate to Study Oral Health Workforce Expansion
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Concord, NH. March 28, 2013 Today, the New Hampshire State Senate voted to re-refer Senate Bill 193 a bill designed to improve access to oral health care by expanding the dental team with a dental hygienist practitioner. Under the supervision of a dentist, the dental hygienist practitioner could perform services such as simple extractions or filling a cavity and would focus on preventative as well as routine restorative care.
“Today, New Hampshire lawmakers moved one step further towards improving access to oral health care in New Hampshire,” stated Erika Argersinger, Policy Director for the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire.   
“Changing the dental delivery system isn’t an easy task.  Taking time to study SB 193 further will enable stakeholders and legislators to determine the best approach to expanding the dental team in our state thereby making these important services available to all who need them,” stated Argersinger.
One of the most persistent problems in child health and well-being in New Hampshire is a lack of good oral health.  Over the past five years, advocates, practitioners and dental professionals have worked to address a crippling lack of access to oral health care that troubles Granite State families.
In some rural areas, a worsening shortage of dentists due partly to a large number nearing retirement age, as well as high transportation costs associated with the long distances residents must drive to reach adequate providers, has resulted in subpar or nonexistent dental treatment for thousands.  In 2009, there were more than 16,000 visits to the state’s emergency rooms as a result of preventable dental problems. Medicaid, Medicare and Uncompensated Care pay for 80% of these visits.  These visits are costly – in fact, from 2001 to2007, there were close to $27 million in emergency room charges associated with dental conditions in our state.
“Access to oral health care is a challenge for many in our state.  This bill expands the dental team with a mid-level practitioner who will  bring services out to children whose families struggle to get care due to work hours, economics and/or transportation barriers, “said Argersinger adding, “While New Hampshire has made important strides in improving oral health care in our state, we know that too many children still are not receiving regular oral health services and this  impedes their healthy development and ability to learn and reach their full potential.”
SB 193
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The Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire
The Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire is a statewide, research-based advocacy organization with a 25 year history that collaborates with policy makers, community leaders and advocates improving the lives of all children. For more information about the Children’s Alliance or Oral Health please visit and

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at