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Why is dentistry not considered an essential part of healthcare?
Updated: 10/5/2012 5:44:33 PM
 

Why is dentistry not considered an essential part of healthcare? People who don't look into discount dental plans may be missing out on a great opportunity to access affordable dental care. This isbecause a trip to the dentist can be expensive without dental insurance, and many health insurance plans do not include dentistry. Recently, The{lc} Tampa Bay Times published an article questioning why medical coverage doesn't include dentistry

According to the news source, some individuals believe that health insurance plans don't always include trips to the dentist because there is a belief that dental issue{s} cannot affect a person's life as much as a medical one. However, they would be wrong.

The American Dental Association says some kids and adults miss sleep, school and work due to untreated dental disease. Furthermore, people may not be able to eat or smile properly because of missing teeth.

The Tampa Bay Times added that research has shown that infections starting in the mouth can spread throughout the body and has been linked to heart disease. Moreover, dental-related visits to the emergency room have increased, showing that the pain from untreated tooth decay can be so strong it causes people to head to the hospital.

For these reasons, access to affordable dental care needs to be made a larger priority in the U.S. 

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