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Inmates without teeth in Texas are routinely denied dentures because state prison policy says chewing isn't a medical necessity and that they can eat blended food.
Medical providers approved 71 dentures to a state prison population of more than 149,000 in 2016, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Decline - Years - Prosthetics
It's a sharp decline from 15 years ago, when more than 1,000 dental prosthetics were approved.
Many inmates are elderly, have a history of drug use or came from impoverished backgrounds with sub-par dental care.
State - Policy - Inmates - Dentures - Complications
State policy says inmates can't get dentures unless they're underweight or suffering from other medical complications.
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