A group of dentists in Bend, Oregon, have announced they are shutting down their entire dental program.
“We’re just so sick of the people we work with, they don’t even want to talk to us, or talk to their parents,” said Mike Mazzola, director of the Bend Family Dental program.
“We just want to be able to say, ‘Oh, we’ve been around for a long time and we’ve worked with dentists for so long.'”
Mazzola is referring to the Bend family dental program, which was created in the 1990s as a response to the growing number of children in the community who were receiving unneeded dental care.
According to Mazzello, more than 30 percent of children under the age of five in Bend receive unneeded treatment, and nearly one in four adults have dental issues.
“It’s a huge problem in our community, and the only way to fix it is to end it,” Mazzetta said.
“If you think about it, if you are the owner of an office, you don’t have a choice.”
Dentists in the Bend program have been working with the city to help them end the program.
The city recently announced that it is considering extending the program, but Mazzano said that is not the solution.
“This is a really hard thing to do, and we have no choice,” he said.
Mazzetta and his family are continuing to work with the Bend city on a new program that will be implemented this fall.
They hope to reopen the program in 2018.