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

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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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