When the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, it is certain to include many examples of government overreach and outright stupidity. The State of Maine will be a prime exhibit.
With a total population of fewer than 1.5 million citizens, and only a fraction of New York’s coronavirus deaths, the governor of Maine has imposed some of the most draconian lockdown rules in the nation.
For residents of Maine, particularly those requiring regular dental treatments for ailments such as gum disease, the result has proven disastrous.
This week, host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart speaks with a panel of four distinguished dentists who explain the serious health risks to patients who are locked out – whether in Maine or any other state – and also the economic ripple effect of shutting down dental practices and other health providers to all but emergency care.
Included on Dean’s panel is a Floridian, Dr. Samuel B. Low, who is an internationally renowned periodontist, academic, and expert on the risks of delaying dental care.
Photos: Dr. Samuel B. Low, Dr. Daniel L. Steinke, Dr. David H. Pier, and Dr. Ted Morgan
Posted: May 11, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 57:28
Direct download: Maine_Dentists.mp3
-- posted at: 11:20am MST