September 15, 2022

Dental therapy program aims to fight tooth decay and distress for Native Americans

Many Swinomish Indian Tribal Community members have had painful, and even traumatic, experiences in the dentist's chair. A new program aims to change that.
SWINOMISH VILLAGE, Wash. — The dentist's chair is a place where few people enjoy sitting, but for Native Americans, it has historically been a particular place of pain.
"They tell stories of having really horrific pain during the procedures," said Swinomish Tribe Dental Director Rachael Hogan.
Before the tribe's modern clinic was built, Swino...