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Recent studies and reports have shown that Americans have insufficient access to dental care, particularly in rural areas. Reuters estimates that 45 million Americans do not have dental insurance, which can make it even more difficult to get oral care, unless they sign up for a discount dental plan.
Recently, The New York Times published an article offering some insight into why Americans aren't getting the dental care they need.
First, the news source pointed out that more than 830,000 visits to emergency rooms nationwide in 2009 were for preventable dental problems. The information provider suggested that this could be due to the fact that more than 50 million Americans live in rural or poor areas where there are few or no practicing dentists.
"Most dentists do not accept Medicaid patients. And the shortage of dentists is going to get only worse: by 2014, under the Affordable Care Act, 5.3 million more children will be entitled to dental benefits from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program," wrote contributor Louis Sullivan for The Times.
This highlights the need for alternatives to dental insurance, such as discount dental plans, which offer people access to oral care at a reduced cost.
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