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U.S. residents are still finding it hard to afford the dentist
Updated: 6/21/2012 9:28:56 AM

U.S. residents are still finding it hard to afford the dentist  

Americans are struggling to find discount dental care. According to Frontline, more than 100 million Americans don’t go to the dentist because they can’t afford it, which can lead to serious health problems. Furthermore, the news source reported that research from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that one in four children have untreated tooth decay, and low-income families and racial and ethnic minorities tend to be disproportionately affected.

"Part of the problem is that many people don’t have dental insurance and can’t afford steep out-of-pocket costs for care. In 2009, according to the Kaiser data, 19 million children had no dental insurance more than twice the number who went without health insurance," according to the news source.

Also, the economy is making things worse. The information provider added that 13 states recently said they cut dental benefits for adults in 2011 or plan to do so this year.

MoneyCrashers.com recommends that people who don't have insurance enroll in a discount dental plan, which allows individuals to get the care they need for significantly less money. 

For more information on discount dental plans, call

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