A Third of Americans Can't Afford a Dentist

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For some Americans, dental care means a sturdy chair, a fluoride swish, and a free toothbrush. But for one in three Americans, it's a nightmare, including astronomical bills, crippling credit card debt, panicked visits to the emergency room, and life-threatening disease.

These hardships are chronicled in a new Frontline documentary, Dollars and Dentists, which airs tonight on PBS stations. Frontline correspondent Miles O’Brien takes us behind the scenes of the documentary that explores America's broken dental system.

Frontline is produced by our partner WGBH. You can find when "Dollars and Dentists" is airing on your local PBS station here.