Many people, even with dentalcoverage, go without care because they cannot afford the largebalances or co-pays for crowns, root canals and other majorprocedures. (Photo: Shuterrstock)

DUBLIN, Calif. — On a recent Friday morning, more than 30dentists and dental staffers gathered in a conference room to learnan arcane new skill: how to bill medical insurers.

Pacing back and forth, the Florida dentist leading the two-daycourse advised the participants to stop thinking of themselves astooth technicians and reposition themselves as “physicians of the mouth.”

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