Disparities in dental health care detrimentally impact those who are low-income, minorities, immigrants, uninsured, and those in rural areas. The inequality produces poor health outcomes, exacerbates problems that could have been mitigated with preventative care, and generates burdensome debt.
As an immigrant, accessing proper care and prevention was not always an option for me. Lack of disposable income, language barriers, and opting for “affordable” solutions has created a lifetime of placing bandages on problems that eventually grew into larger ones.
In the current system, each of the 32 bones are in our mouths are treated as a luxury and to care for a single one is like serving gold.