Families who do not have dental insurance may be forced to cut corners on obtaining proper dental care.
An article in the Northwest Herald describes how Illinois mother Kate Rodriquez has avoided visiting a dentist for two years because they cannot afford dental care.
According to figures from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, more than one-third (36 percent) of Americans has delayed medical care - either dental care or otherwise - due to financial concerns.
Some dentists in the area said that they have noticed more people coming in for treatment when their dental problems had already reached a serious level. This may be due to families trying to cut costs to pay other bills.
"It ends up costing more money. It becomes two to three times more expensive," explained Illinois dentist Dr Greg Cannizzo. "A tooth that could be saved has to be extracted."
As job losses hit more Americans, the loss of dental insurance may also be responsible for the trend.
Discount dental plans are an option to save money on dental care. An alternative to dental insurance, these plans provide discounts of between 10 and 60 percent on most dental procedures.
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