Problems With Dental Caries, Gum, Teeth Or A Smile On That List?

1877 WordsApr 4, 20168 Pages
Think of the characteristics that you notice upon first meeting an individual: are teeth or a smile on that list? Having good oral health can improve one’s ability to speak, taste, chew, swallow, and make facial expressions that allow emotion to be shown, among many other aspects. There is a great lack of access to dental care that persists in all ages which makes these individuals more likely to suffer from dental caries, gum diseases, and various other oral and craniofacial diseases or conditions. This problem has been linked to multiple determinants but has a strong correlation with income levels and insurance access. Many uninsured and underinsured individuals have begun to resort to emergency rooms when they are unable to find dental offices that are affordable or will take their insurance. One potential solution to this problem would be to dedicate a day each month that dentist offices accept these individuals at little to no cost in order to assess and care for their dental care needs. While this would take some serious reform and serious planning, it is a potential solution to a serious problem that has been a plague for many years in our country. Oral health is important for many reasons and having good oral health is much more than just having clean teeth. To have good oral health means to be “free of chronic oral-facial pain conditions, oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancers, oral soft tissue lesions, birth defects such as cleft lip

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