More Adults Forgoing Necessary Dental Care

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According to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the percentage of U.S. adults who did not receive necessary dental care due to cost rose from 11% in 1997 to 17% in 2009.

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Poor oral health is associated with heart disease, stroke, and preterm, low-birthweight births (1). Poor oral health and its consequences may affect people’s daily lives by interfering with eating, sleeping, working, and learning. Many diseases and conditions manifest themselves with oral symptoms, and these early signs may be initially noted by dental care providers.

“In 2009, working-age adults 18–44 and 45–64 years of age were more likely than children or older adults to report having unmet dental health care needs in the past 12 months because they could not afford care. Among working-age adults, women were more likely to report unmet dental health care needs than men. For children and older adults, the reported rates of unmet dental health care were similar for males and females.”

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