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Americans need to understand the importance of dental care
Updated: 8/7/2012 6:00:02 PM

Americans need to understand the importance of dental care  

Many Americans lack dental insurance and are having trouble finding affordable dental care, yet there are still a great deal of people who are unaware of the significance of the problem. Some individuals falsely believe that dental health is not associated with overall well-being, and do not care for their teeth as well as the rest of the body. Recently, The Final Call published an article aimed at spreading awareness of the dental crisis in the U.S.

According to the information provider, 39 percent of children and 52 percent of teens have had a major dental procedure, such as a root canal. The news source spoke to Lauren Gordon, a young woman who recently started dental school at Howard University, who explained how the dental health problems in America inspired her to pursue dentistry.

"I had a lot of dental problems and I saw how oral health is connected to overall health. Teeth are a source of pride or embarrassment. Clean teeth and bad breath can affect a person’s self-confidence. I want to help people. With dentistry, unlike other medical professions, you can have patients for life. I want that," she told the news source.

In 2011, PBS spoke to Wiliam Calnon, D.D.S., of the American Dental Association, who said oral health literacy in this country is amazingly low. This is why it's important to raise awareness of the importance of dental care and its connection to overall well-being. 

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