Unfortunately, when communities are left without proper access to oral health resources, it is often children who suffer. A recent study conducted by Rutgers University found that one-fifth of New Jersey children between the ages of 3 and 18 received no dental care within the last 12 months. While this is an improvement over 2001, it is clear that children without dental insurance and those of certain races are experiencing a discrepancy when it comes to care.
Hispanics and African American children were found to be less likely to have visited a dentist in the past year.
"Tooth decay remains one of the most preventable common chronic diseases among children," said José Nova, research project coordinator and lead author of the study.
The researchers also discovered that children who had not visited their regular physician in the past year were three times as likely to not have visited a dentist as those who had. This could be connected to a lack healthcare insurance. The researchers said that these results highlight the need for children to have better access to oral care.
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