Oral Health Division in America
The results of an online survey in July indicated that in the United States, access to adequate oral care is split along financial and demographic lines. Individuals living in urban areas, students, younger adults, and people with incomes less than $50k, forgo routine dental appointments owing to lack of adequate finances or insurance.
Among those 2,088 adults surveyed, 92 percent perform daily brushing, but fewer than half include any additional hygiene such as flossing. Further, of those surveyed, only 56 percent eat a healthful diet and 25 percent admitted to smoking cigarettes.
A campaign that began early in the fall highlights the importance of oral health vis-à-vis proper dental hygiene. To reduce the disparity between Americans, the initiative aims to increase overall awareness on the importance of proper oral care, regardless of finances, location, or age. Moreover, the campaign emphasized that oral health directly influences overall health, and thereby a social responsibility to educate the government and the public on the correlation.
A second event combined the efforts of major oral health authorities to augment awareness on the importance of proper oral hygiene within national low-income areas. To encourage oral health policy changes and mitigate disparity in oral care, dental health professionals met with Congress members.