The School of Clinical Dentistry welcomes author and journalist Mary Otto
The School is pleased announce that Mary Otto - an American Healthcare Journalist will be coming to talk about her new book Teeth: the Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. Mary Otto's award-winning reporting on the disparities in oral health in American has been receiving a lot of attention.
Mary will be talking on Tuesday 26th September, 1-2pm, Lecture Theatre, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield. For more information please contact Professor Sarah Baker
In her new book, journalist and author Mary Otto takes readers on a disturbing journey into America's "silent epidemic" of oral disease, examining the nation's historically insular dental care system and the tension between the enduring need for dental services and the chronic lack of care available to millions of Americans.
Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist began writing about oral health in 2007 where she covered the death of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver for the Washington Post. Deamonte, a poor Maryland child died after suffering complications from a dental abscess. Her coverage of the death of the boy, a beneficiary of Medicaid, the nation's health care program for the poor, spurred Congressional hearings and reforms. Her award-winning reporting has increased attention to oral health disparities nationwide.