Dental care is a rising concern in many states across America. A lot of these states are scrambling to find ways to improve dental hygiene or their residents. In Arizona, there is a mounting health concern taking over. The lack of dental health in Arizona is causing many health problems for the residents of this state. The Department of Health there has issued a statement saying that Arizonans have a significantly higher instance of tooth decay and gum and mouth disease than the national average. These instances include everyone from children to the elderly in undeserved classes. The frightening statistics state that:
31% children under 14 have never had a check up
43% of children aged 6 to 8 have untreated tooth decay
65% of children 11 to 13 have tooth decay
42% of the elderly have gums that bleed and calculus build up.
There are many programs that offer assistance that differ from one state to another, so you may want to contact the department of health, or the dental society in your area to determine what is made available to you. There federally funded clinics that can provide dental insurance hat is billed based on a sliding scale. Sliding scales are payment schedules that take into account one’s income and bill according to that. This way, a person may not be getting free dental care, but they are being billed according to what they can pay.
In addition to these programs, another option for those seeking dental care, but may have significant budgetary confinements, is to check with the local dental school. If you don’t mind being worked on by a supervised student, these dental schools can offer dental care at a discounted rate. Now you know that dental care is essential to your overall health, be sure to check to see what dental centers can help you maintain both your health and smile.