Across the U.S., many people are struggling to afford the dental care that they need, but they don't have to. Some individuals may think that if they don't have dental insurance, there's no way that they can get affordable care. However, they should know that discount dental plans work similarly to dental insurance, but for a fraction of the price. This is something that individuals living in Kentucky may need to be told, since people in this state continue to have serious issues accessing the dental care they need.
Recently, the Courier-Journal published an article about how the majority of adults in Kentucky lack access to dental care. The newspaper also published another article about the struggle that seniors in the area go through to get their teeth cared for.
The Courier-Journal explained that 27 percent of seniors in Kentucky have had all of their natural teeth extracted. Furthermore, 53 percent of adults in the state have had at least one tooth pulled. This may be because many people in the state do not visit the dentist regularly, sometimes going years without making an appointment.
While some individuals in the state may believe that they can get care at a clinic that treats individuals with low incomes, they may be mistaken.
"The demand is so great patients will line up in our lobby area to come in person to secure an appointment. The phone lines have actually shut down ... because the demand on the phone system is so great," Stephanie Poynter, D.D.S., dental director for Family Health Centers, told the Courier-Journal. "We just can't meet the demand."
This is why people should look into purchasing a low-cost discount dental plan, which is accepted by many dentists in states across the country. This way, they won't have to worry about getting into a clinic, and can make an appointment at other dental offices.
Prevention is not enough
This article highlights the fact that sometimes brushing and flossing aren't enough - people also need to visit the dentist if they want to keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. According to Colgate, even if a person brushes and flosses daily, he or she will not be able to keep teeth healthy without the aid of a dentist. A dentist can remove plaque and bacteria that can't be reached through brushing and flossing, and check to make sure that no serious issues like oral cancer are developing.
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