Look around you the next time you’re waiting in line for a cup of coffee, or sitting at your desk in the office, or even hanging out at a family gathering. According to research, one in five people has untreated tooth decay. Could it be you? This U.S. based statistic is thought to be driven by the prevalence of people in low-income neighborhoods going without preventive dental care. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explain the relevance of the study.
Tooth decay is the result of the bacteria in plaque and tartar breaking through weakened tooth enamel and causing holes that get bigger with time. Demographics in our American population seem to greatly affect cavity rates. Oral health and overall health are connected. By discerning pockets of the population that have poor dental health, we may also be identifying a higher prevalence of other health conditions as well. Dr. Bruce Dye is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. According to Dr. Dye, a reduction in untreated cavities has unfortunately not been seen over the last ten years.
Poverty and Cavities
The CDC released data on our nation’s dental health as collected via the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This survey looks at cross-sectioned samples of the American population. Cavity rates are broken down by the following:
- Ethnic groups
- Income level
Tooth decay statistics in impoverished areas are thought to be linked to Medicaid and the elimination of dental benefits out of financial necessity. Only two percent of Medicaid is allotted to dental care. People on fixed incomes put going to the dentist low on their priority list compared to other medical needs. As dental problems worse, fear of astronomical out-of-pocket expenses can make people even less likely to make a dental appointment.
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