This video, produced by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, shows the challenges faced by residents in remote, rural Alaska villages in receiving medical and dental care. Often accessible only by air or water, village residents may go a year or longer before an itinerant dentist comes to provide care, requiring expensive, weather-dependent travel to find relief from a toothache. An important solution is to train local people, dental therapists who understand the cultural, language, and village traditions and return to live and work in these remote areas. This provides the continuity of care necessary to enable patients to learn how to prevent oral disease. And the presence of the dental therapist is a constant reminder of the value of good oral health.

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