While everyone needs to brush and floss daily, people who live in rural areas need to be particularly stringent about their dental health routines. That's because these individuals may have a more difficult time gaining access to a dentist than those in other parts of the country.
For example, the Sun Journal, a Maine news source, recently published an article by Caroline Zimmerman, director of Health Initiatives for Maine Primary Care Association, who explained that many individuals in Maine live in rural areas, and that may be making it more difficult for them to take good care of their teeth.
According to Zimmerman, two-thirds of Maine residents live in rural areas, but only 13.5 percent of dentists in the state practice in these areas. These individuals often find themselves in the hospital due to dental pain, since they cannot find a dentist in their area who can treat the problem before it spirals out of control. This calls for more dentists to spread out into rural areas.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 20 percent of the American population lives in rural areas, which is why it's important to have dental health professionals in these areas to care for these people.
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