Oral health is an indicator of overall health and plays a huge role in our general well being and quality of life. It is disconcerting to know that many Americans lack access to preventative dental care. Read on to learn more. Thanks for visiting us at Personal Endodontics of Troy, MI.
Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups.
For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly 650,000 middle-aged and older adults between 1999 and 2008. The investigators found that the number who received preventive dental care increased during that time.
However, 23 percent to 43 percent of Americans did not receive preventive dental care in 2008, depending on race or ethnicity. Rates of preventive care were 77 percent for Asian Americans, 76 percent for whites, 62 percent for Hispanics and Native Americans, and 57 percent for blacks, the results showed.
The study was published online Dec. 17 in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.
Factors such as income, education and having health insurance explained the differences in access to preventive dental care among whites and other racial groups except blacks, according to a journal news release.
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