Published statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 27% of children and 29% of adults are living with untreated cavities. Many know they have these cavities, but because they are lacking affordable dental care coverage, they are left untreated. This is a very unhealthy practice. Whether you have full coverage dental insurance or a discount dental plan, you need dental care as a part of your overall health regimen. Healthy teeth reflect a healthy body. Unhealthy teeth reflect an unhealthy body.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), researchers have found that periodontitis (the gum disease that can cause tooth loss) is associated with stroke, cardiovascular disease, and bacterial pneumonia. Other reports show an unhealthy mouth may be linked to diabetes. Without regular dental care including cleanings and check-ups, small cavities or painful teeth often lead to tooth and gum decay resulting in not only tooth loss, but these much more serious conditions.
It is bad enough that you will lose your teeth if you do not seek dental care, but you may also be affecting your brain, heart, and immune system. Mark Feldman, the president of the ADA states that “so many Americans still lack access to basic oral care” and calls it a “disgrace”. Feldman also states that there is a need to “get better dental care to the millions of Americans who don’t receive it.”
Dental care is not a luxury. It is a necessity. I took a friend to the dentist a few weeks ago to get a wisdom tooth pulled. The oral surgeon pulled the tooth and found the culprit that caused the tooth to rot… a popcorn hull. Both my friend and I were astounded that something so small and seemingly insignificant could cause tooth loss. Then I asked her when the last time she went to the dentist was. Her response: “Ten years ago, because I didn’t think I could get an affordable dental plan.” Enough said.
– Ken S.