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Hispanics may need more education regarding dental health
Updated: 9/12/2012 7:00:03 PM

Hispanics may need more education regarding dental health  

Americans from all backgrounds have been struggling to gain access to affordable dental care, but certain populations are having a more difficult time than others. For example, according to a recent survey by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), while 67 percent of Hispanics rated their oral health as good or excellent, 65 percent of them experienced a dental issue in the past year.

Business Wire reported on the study, which also found that 30 percent of Hispanics believe that cavities might go away on their own. This is untrue, and if this population does not visit the dentist to treat their cavities, they may end up with serious dental health problems. In response to this, the HDA and Oral Health America are teaming up on Capitol Hill to address the dental needs of Hispanics.

"Today, we call on the policy leaders in Washington to help us educate the Hispanic community on the long-term benefits of oral health care and to overcome these well-documented misperceptions," said Lilia Larin, D.D.S, President of the HDA quoted by the news source.

According to a report from Frontline, more than 100 million Americans do not go to the dentist because they can't afford it. Discount dental plans can help people find access to affordable dental care.

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