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The US Faces an Impending Dental Care Crisis #care2

The US Faces an Impending Dental Care Crisis #care2

As others shell out cash to for whiter and straighter teeth, 1 in 5 Americans over age 65 don’t have any real teeth left. When it comes to dental care, the divide between the rich and poor is glaring. The uninsured flock to emergency rooms because of neglected teeth. And too often they receive antibiotics and opioids to soothe excruciating pain that could have been prevented with regular, affordable checkups. The effects of dental health go far beyond the mouth. Gum disease puts people at risk for cancer and heart disease later in life. Those who are pregnant and without adequate dental care are more likely to deliver prematurely . Some people lose job opportunities because of how their teeth look. As World Health Day approaches on April 7, it’s important to remember that dental care is an essential part of health care. We should encourage our government to protect access ...

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