Health Affairs September 16, 2021
Myechia Minter-Jordan Wenyuan Shi

It’s the night before the country shuts down amid a deadly pandemic. A father brings his four-year-old child—in severe pain from a toothache—to a dentist, begging for help. The father is out of work and cannot afford to pay for treatment. Fortunately, they have visited one of the only providers in the city who welcomes all patients. The child is treated that night and feels better.

Is it 1918 or 2020?

Sadly, it’s hard to tell. More than 100 years have gone by since the Forsyth Institute opened its doors as a dental infirmary serving children in Boston. Back then, hundreds of thousands of children in need visited Forsyth with unaddressed dental issues. Today, the nation still has the same,...

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