In the wake of the recession, many individuals have been dismissed from their jobs. This has left millions of families without dental insurance, making it impossible for them to afford visits to the dentist for regular checkups.
Few areas of the country have suffered with this problem more than Michigan. The state has one of the highest unemployment rates. To make matters worse, lawmakers voted last year to eliminate dental care from the list of benefits offered to individuals on Medicaid, according to the Michigan Dental Association.
The group recently released a report highlighting some of the damage this move has caused. In it, the association claims that 25 percent of Michigan third grade students have untreated dental disease, and that many of the uninsured are now seeking treatment in emergency rooms.
"This brutal economy has heightened a long-standing problem - that when it comes to oral health care, many folks in Michigan simply can't get the care they need," said Norm Palm, a dentist from Grand Rapids who chaired the committee that put the report together.
Individuals who recently lost their dental insurance may benefit from discount dental plans. These programs may allow them to visit a dentist at a lower monthly rate than typical dental insurance.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.
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