Navigation Links
Cost Keeps Many Americans From Good Dental Care: Report
Date:7/18/2012

WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although most Americans say their teeth are in relatively good shape, a newly published survey reveals that many are not getting routine dental checkups, with cost cited as the most common obstacle.

The findings stem from the responses of more than 17,000 men and women, aged 18 to 64, across the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics report.

Among the results gleaned from the 2008 survey, the researchers found that roughly 75 percent of participants said their oral health was either good or very good, while 17 percent and 7 percent, respectively, described their dental health as fair or poor.

Oral health appeared to differ by the type of insurance people had, with Medicaid recipients running a five times greater risk for poorer dental health than those with private coverage. Adults on Medicaid were two times more likely than other adults to have not visited a dentist in more than a half-decade (21 percent versus 12 percent).

Race also appeared to play a role, as whites and Asians were more likely to have good oral health (37 percent) than either Hispanics or blacks (25 percent and 26 percent, respectively). Education was also cited as a factor, with college graduates significantly more likely to be in good dental shape than those with less than a high school diploma.

The poll further revealed that six in 10 adults had paid a visit to the dentist in the previous year. Among those who did not, cost appeared to be the largest impediment to getting a checkup, with the expense of a dental visit named as the main reason for not seeing a dentist in the prior six months.

On that score, 42 percent of survey participants said that they either did not have dental insurance and/or they could not afford to get their teeth treated.

Money issues aside, fear was cited by 10 percent as the primary reason not to cross a dentist's threshold.

The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics published the results of the survey July 18 in Vital and Health Statistics.

More information

For more on dental visit recommendations, visit the American Dental Association.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, news release, July 18, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Weight loss today keeps the doctor away
2. Playing Several Sports Keeps Kids Slimmer: Study
3. A fish a day keeps the doctor away?
4. 40 Million Americans Addicted to Cigarettes, Alcohol or Drugs
5. Unemployed Americans face greater risk of mortality: UBC study
6. Americans Already Consuming the Right Amount of Salt
7. Health of Americans a Mixed Bag: CDC Report
8. More Than 46 Million Americans Uninsured in 2011: Report
9. WSU study finds overwhelming evidence of hidden heart disease in hypertensive African-Americans
10. 1 in 5 Americans Has Untreated Cavities: CDC
11. Half of Americans with individual health plans could gain better coverage under the ACA
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Cost Keeps Many Americans From Good Dental Care: Report
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... In the Health Care IT campaign, Robert Herjavec discusses health ... if you will be attacked, but when.” However, he and many others involved highlight ... , Improvements in auditing and monitoring have taken security in health care a very ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... ... The narrative in “ Signal 8: An Australian Paramedic’s Story ” (published by ... Schanssema describes the tragedies he saw, as well as his struggles with grief and ... unsure of the career path he wanted to take, found fulfillment in a career ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer ... Prophecy concerning this present generation. Yisrayl makes an astounding statement when he says ... He explains that the Bible details the current times so plainly that anyone should ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management ... radiology marketing programs at the annual Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs conference, ... Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Nine awards are given out in five categories. They ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Castle Farms, the celebrated Northern Michigan ... the winning couple announced on Feb. 14, 2017, on Facebook. The free wedding ... A Matter of Taste, Ryan Rousseau Enterprises, A Touch of Spring and Other ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ... announced that it has acquired exclusive worldwide rights ... best-in-class innovative HDAC inhibitor targeting hematological and solid ... 14 Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of ... have already been completed, demonstrating that ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... SEOUL , Südkorea, 23. Februar 2017 ... LED für Sterilisationsaufgaben vorgestellt. Die Sterilisationsleistung beträgt das 1,5-fache ... kurzwellige ultraviolette Strahlung im Bereich zwischen 200 und 280 nm ... Ausbreitung von Bakterien, indem es ihre DNA zerstört. Das ... 280 nm. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , 23. Februar 2017 Im Rahmen ... eine nationale Wirtschaftszone in der südwestlichen chinesischen Provinz Guizhou, 2017 ... Errichtung einer Innovationsplattform aktiv an der Entwicklung einer eingebetteten Hightech-Schlüsselindustrie. ... Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: