Vote Yes on 2: Dental Care for ME - Question 2 on the statewide ballot in November asks voters to consider investing $5 million to help build dental clinics throughout Maine.: Jump to: Search, Content

Maine' dental crisis demands immediate action!

Maine has substantially fewer practicing dentists than the national average, the majority of Maine dentists are approaching retirement age, and we have a real scarcity of dental care in the most rural areas of the state. We need to attract young dentists to Maine.

–Bangor Daily News February 13, 2009

Nearly a quarter of a million Maine residents are un-served in the area of dental health care

(Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA, 2008)

Maine has a dental access shortage in every county. Maine ranks in the bottom of the country in numerous oral health statistics. Part of the answer is to educate dentists in Maine in order to keep them in Maine.

When people do not receive proper dental care, it can harm their overall health and lead to higher health care costs for employers, patients, and our state budget, and also have negative implications for career opportunities, social relations, and mental health.

A YES vote on Question 2 is a vote for:

  • Dental clinics to serve all Maine citizens throughout Maine.
  • 60,000 new low cost dental visits per year.  
  • A permanent Maine-based dental school where Maine students will learn.
  • State dollars would be matched with 3-5 times as much in private funds required to build the dental clinics and school.

This is a common sense idea that is supported by the Republican, Democrat and Independent candidates for Governor.

In the News:

Portland Press Herald: Another View: Support for dental bond is moral obligation, bishop says
Unlike a recent Maine Voices columnist, Malone joins the coalition behind Question 2.

Portland Press Herald: Our View: Dental Bond would be good investment -- Mainers should take the opportunity to address the problem of access to dentistry.

WLBZ BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Backers of Question Two on your November ballot say Maine needs to prepare for a shortfall of dentists in the future.

Times Record Editorial:  Yes on Q. 2 for better dental careAn estimate 250,000 people in Maine live in communities lacking ready access to dental care. That will only get worse, since many dentists in Maine are nearing retirement age.

Journal Tribune: Question 2: A down-payment on better health
Question 2 on the state’s Nov. 2 referendum ballot addresses a serious public health problem in Maine – the lack of adequate access to dental care. The question seeks $5 million to establish a dental college and a network of community dental clinics – assets that will benefit Maine for years to come.  We strongly recommend a “Yes” vote.

Dental Care for ME Coalition Members
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter 
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine
Associated General Contractors
Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Caring Hands of Maine
Catholic Diocese
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Community Dental
DFD Russell Medical Center
Eliason Dental Laboratory
Fish River Rural Health
Greater Portland Dental Society
Health Access Network
HealthReach Community Health Centers
Henry Schein Dental
Homeless Voices for Justice
Islands Community Medical Services
Katahdin Valley Health Center
Maine Association of Health Plans
Maine Chamber of Commerce
Maine Chapter of AARP
Maine Dental Access Coalition
Maine Dental Association
Maine Dental Hygienists' Association
Maine Equal Justice
Maine Hospital Association
Maine Medical Association
Maine Migrant Health Program
Maine Osteopathic Association
Maine People's Alliance
Maine Primary Care Association
Maine Public Health Association
Maine Women's Lobby
Malone Commercial Brokers
Patterson Dental
Penobscot Community Health Care
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Preble Street
Regional Medical Center at Lubec
Sacopee Valley Health Center
Sebasticook Family Doctors
Southern Maine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PA
University Health Care
University of New England
University of New England Dental Hygiene Program

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