Pacific Drift: King Drew Dental Clinic

If healthcare has become a luxury in the US, dental care is an extravagance. More than the color of your collar, teeth have become our nation’s clearest indicator of where someone’s from and where, exactly, they are going.

In an example of the type of story that’s less and less common on local radio – the news feature – Ayala Ben-Yehuda spent a morning at the emergency dental clinic at King Drew Hospital in South LA to illustrate the human drama and social tragedy of bad, painful teeth.

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