Oral health equity
Good oral health signifies more than a friendly smile. It is an essential part of achieving health equity for all. That’s because the state of a person’s mouth provides not only a window into overall health but is also a visible indicator of socioeconomic status.
Unfortunately, oral health disparities persist. Communities of color, immigrant populations, rural areas, lower-income households and people who speak a language other than English at home disproportionately experience the effects of poor oral health. There is a well-established link between oral disease and chronic conditions like heart disease, pregnancy, stroke and diabetes. Tooth loss and visible cavities can make it difficult to get a job, eat nutritious foods and feel confident in social and professional situations.
But smart investments that expand access to preventive measures like water fluoridation and Apple Health adult dental care can make a profound difference in a person’s life. Please tell legislators that you support wise investments that promote good oral health and believe that access to preventive oral health care and early dental treatment is a matter of health equity by clicking here.
If you or a family member is in need of dental care, click here.