Texas prisons often deny dentures to inmates with no teeth

Staff Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Inmates without teeth in Texas are routinely denied dentures because state prison policy says chewing isn't a medical necessity because they can eat blended food.
Texas prisons' medical providers approved 71 dentures to a state inmate population of more than 149,000 in 2016, the Houston Chronicle reported. It's a sharp decline from 15 years ago, when more than 1,000 dental prosthetics were approved.
California, the next-largest prison population, has given nearly six times as many dentures as Texas in the past decade, despite the Lone Star State having nearly 19,000 more inmates than the Golden State. California's prison system provided more than 4,800 dental prosthetics in 2016, according to the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation data...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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