THE IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HEALTH
Oral health is the practice of keeping one's mouth clean and free of disease.Taking care of your gums, teeth, and mouth by brushing your teeth and flossing can prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Maintaining your dental hygiene can also prevent the occurrence of medical disorders by keeping the bacteria in your mouth under control and preventing oral infections.
Goals for oral health in the United States
Barriers to oral health care
Although State Medicaid has made significant improvements to low-income individuals and families' access to dental care, despite the limitations of state health insurance, more individuals need dental care. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, an estimation of 74 million Americans do not have dental coverage - nearly twice the amount of individuals without health insurance. Studies from the American Dental Association reveal that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations. Americans need dental coverage, however, oral health is constantly left out of conversation during national health care debates. Many Americans are not able to access preventative programs or even have access to state Medicaid. Surely, the people who have the least access to preventive services and dental care have greater rates of acquiring oral diseases and according to recent studies, 51% of the adult U.S. population lists that oral health as their greatest health concern. Our national oral health care system is failing the majority of Americans.
Taking care of your oral health is a necessity. Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to cardiovascular disease, oral cancers, diabetes, a stroke, adverse pregnancy outcomes, lung conditions, and many more diseases. Since the mouth is the access to the human body, it is important that it is treated with the right care.
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