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When a person experiences tooth pain, the first thing they should do is call the dentist. That's because pain in the mouth can be a sign of many serious oral issues. Unfortunately, a recent survey, commissioned by Oral Health America and sponsored by Oral Healthcare Can't Wait and Procter and Gamble, has found that most Americans choose to take a painkiller when they feel discomfort in their mouth, rather than make a trip to the dentist.
According to the survey results, 73 percent of Americans who do not go to the dentist cite cost as the reason why. This makes sense, considering that there are millions of U.S. residents who do not have dental insurance. However, this population shouldn't be skipping the dentist, but could instead look into discounted dental plans to help them get the care they need at a reduced cost.
The survey also showed that individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to not receive any dental care, as compared to the rest of the population. Furthermore, households that make less than $50,000 a year and have children were also found to be less likely to see a dentist for mouth pain.
These findings highlight the need for increased access to affordable dental care in the U.S.
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