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The New York Times reported in September that the cost of health insurance rose dramatically this year, while unemployment continued to remain around 9 percent. This leaves many Americans without access to healthcare, and when it comes to making decisions about what medical procedures they are going to spend their money on, many U.S. residents are skipping dental appointments.
According to PBS, children are a major part of the population that is suffering from the lack of affordable dental care, especially in California. While kids can still get their dentist visits paid for if they find a healthcare provider who is willing to accept the low reimbursements the state offers, many young people are still not receiving care.
"Parents, who have been denied free dental care themselves, are less inclined to take their kids in for exams, cleanings and fillings. And increasingly, that's a problem," stated PBS correspondant Spencer Michels.
Adults who cannot afford insurance may want to consider looking into getting an affordable dental plan, which can help them gain access to oral care.
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