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Dental Care Improves Drug Rehab

August 16, 2019

A University of Utah School of Dentistry program teaching students how to care for the underserved yielded more than fixed teeth.

A study found that 300 clients who got comprehensive dental care stayed in rehab longer and got jobs and homes. The improvement over the 1,000 clients who didn’t get dental care was dramatic.

“I was a drug addict, homeless, living on the street,” Destiny Garcia said. “I used to shoplift on a daily basis to support my habit.”

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