The form had come from Baltimore Public Schools. The school district has been running dental programs for a long time. However, the practice has been more prominent since 2007, when a boy in Prince George’s County, MD, died of a tooth infection.
The child in question was Deamonte Driver, who was just 12 years old when he reached his untimely death. According to the Washington Post, an $80 procedure to remove his infected tooth could have saved his life. However, his mother had no insurance and simply couldn’t afford the operation.
Left untreated, the infection in Deamonte’s tooth was able to spread. Finally, it entered his brain. The youngster spent six weeks in hospital and underwent two procedures. But doctors were still unable to save him.