While many people may know that there is a dental health crisis in America, they may not understand the full extent of the problem. Recently, The Times and Democrat, a South Carolina news source, published an article explaining how insufficient access to affordable dental care is damaging the dental health and overall well-being of both adults and children in the state.
According to the news source, South Carolina is more affected by the dental health crisis than many other states in the U.S. because of its relatively large population of minorities and low-income individuals.
"With children, minorities and the poor disproportionately affected by dental health issues, South Carolina is thus disproportionately affected in comparison with other states. Consider that 37 percent of African-American children and 41 percent of Hispanic children have untreated tooth decay, as well as 25 percent of white children," stated the information provider.
According to WebMD, poor dental health can have serious consequences. The medical news source states that bacteria that builds up on the teeth can make the gums more prone to infection. Over time, severe gum disease, known as periodontitis, can cause health problems in the rest of the body. For example, inflammation that begins in the gums can weaken the body's ability to regulate blood sugar.
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