Mother Jones

THE DENTAL DIVIDE

Rural America has an oral health crisis—but there’s a way to help.

TWO AND A HALF hours west of the Twin Cities, where the Minnesota and Chippewa rivers meet, is the prairie village of Montevideo, Minnesota. Downtown consists of a post office, railroad tracks, a few storefronts, and a dentist’s office called Main Street Dental Care. From the outside, the clinic doesn’t look like much. But on the bitter February day I visited, inside it was buzzing with activity.

Down the hall from the full waiting room, bent over her dental chair, Brandi Tweeter had a full

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Mother Jones

Mother Jones7 min read
Doctor Woo
Jen Gunter made a name for herself by calling out Gwyneth Paltrow and the wellness industry. Now she has an even bigger target.
Mother Jones12 min read
Where Roe Doesn’t Reach
While people worry about a world in which abortion access is no longer protected, the women of Mississippi are already living in it.
Mother Jones4 min read
Class Warfare
BEHIND THE cheerful faces in these photos is a bitter reality. The life and death of Roots International Academy are in many ways the story of how Oakland, California, reached what education historian Diane Ravitch calls its “inflection point,” a mom