KANSAS CITY, Mo. — July 1 was supposed to be the day that dental coverage for Missouri adults on Medicaid was restored, but it’s not happening.
The coverage was eliminated nearly a decade ago. Rayford Lee says you can look in his mouth to see the effect; five missing teeth. Painful, decayed ones had to be pulled.
“Just because you couldn’t afford to go in and have regular maintenance like you normally would expect somebody to do in this day and time,” said Lee.
This spring, Missouri lawmakers okayed $48 million in state and federal funds for dental care. Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill, but then withheld the funds as one way of balancing the budget that took effect Tuesday. Lee disagrees with the governor’s decision.
Dr.Iyer our pediatric dentist graduated dental school from New York University School of Dentistry in 2003. He graduated Pediatric Dentistry from Staten Island University Hospital in 2011. He also has a Masters Degree in Orthodontics from India. Dr.Iyer was born and raised in India where he got his basic training in Dental school. He then moved to the US and went through the rest of his dental education. His passion to practice pediaric dentistry is not only beacuse he loves working with kids but also he has a natual flare for it. He is married to Monisha Iyer and they have 3 children. They live in Princeton, NJ. Besides pediatric dentistry, he loves working on computers and is an ardent fan of Formula I car racing.
Dr. Brenegan is a board-certified periodontist in Cary, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Brenegan spent several years working as a surgical assistant for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Raleigh, N.C. where his family has called home since 1985.
During this time, he met his wife, Colleen, while she completed her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill. Dr. Brenegan continued his education at New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctoral of Dental Surgery (DDS) and participated in an honors program in Esthetic Dentistry. After completing a 3 year post-graduate residency program specializing in Periodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB School of Dentistry), Dr. Brenegan moved back to the Triangle area to practice Periodontics.