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Dental care is a crucial part of an overall healthcare routine, yet many people still lack access to affordable dentistry. People who do not have dental insurance should know that they can look into discount dental plans to help them get the care they need. These plans are not only inexpensive, but they also offer individuals access to a number of dentists who will give them services at a reduced price. Specifically, individuals in California may want to look into these plans, since they may not be receiving the care they need.
According to a recent article published by the Los Angeles Times, politicians in the state need to find a way to provide adult dental care for disadvantaged individuals now that California is expected to potentially have a surplus of funds during the next fiscal year.
A serious need
The news source explained that in 2009, then-Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated dental coverage for three 3 million individuals who were covered by the state's public insurance program, known as Medi-Cal.
The Los Angeles Times spoke to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who said that he has felt passionate about dedicating more funds to dental care in the state after visiting a "dental fair" where volunteers were giving dental care to individuals who could not afford to visit the dentist.
"I don't know what I expected, but I certainly didn't expect what I saw," Steinberg told the news source. "I thought it was going to be the usual Saturday morning say hello and thank the dentists. But what I saw was appalling. People - mostly working people - waiting hours, not to have their teeth cleaned or a dental checkup, but to deal with abscesses and root canals. Dental health is also a key to physical health. This is not what California should be about."
The Los Angeles Times cited a piece from the San Jose Mercury News, which told the story of one California woman who was unemployed and did not have dental insurance. As a result, she did not go to the dentist when she experienced dental problems and most of her teeth fell out. The three teeth she had left had bit into her upper gums and infected them.
Despite the seriousness of this issue, the surplus in the California budget may not go to helping people get the dental services they need. The news source pointed out that the California judaical system has been experiencing a serious funding problem, resulting in closed courthouses and long-delayed cases.
What can be done for now?
People who do not have dental insurance don't have to simply sit and watch all of their teeth fall out. There are ways for them to get coverage, even if they do not have a job. For example, individuals can look into discount dental plans, which they can be a part of for as little as $100 a year.
Along with these plans, Yahoo! recommends that people talk to their dentist about what options they may have when a problem surfaces. According to the news source, advancements made in dental technology allow for there to be a number of different ways to handle a dental issue, and some of these options may be less expensive than others. Individuals should be open with their dentist about their financial situation, since many dentists will be open to discussing various payment options.
No matter how they do it, people need to be sure that they gain access to affordable dental care - regardless of what state they live in or how much money they have.
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