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Working to provide dental care to people in poverty
Updated: 2/7/2012 5:00:01 PM

Working to provide dental care to people in poverty  

Dental health is at risk in the U.S., as many Americans are skipping trips to the dentist in order to save money. Recently, Grand Forks Herald, a North Dakota news source, reported that dentists in the state are trying to come up with a plan to help low-income individuals get access to the dental care they need.

At a recent forum sponsored by Grand Forks Public Health and the state health department, individuals discussed the barriers that stand in the way of oral care. These included lack of transporation, money and dental care providers.

"If you’re wondering about where your next meal is coming from or if your electricity is going to be shut off, going to the dentist is just not on the front burner," said Rae Ann Hanson, an employee of Valley Community Health Centers, quoted by the news source. "For most people it’s a basic need, but to those living in poverty, it’s a luxury."

Reuters estimates that 45 million individuals don't have dental insurance. No one should have to consider dental care a luxury, which is why there are many affordable discount dental plans that can help people without insurance gain access to the care they need.

For more information on discount dental plans, call 1-888-632-5353

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