The Importance of Dental Health to Local Communities

Few people would argue that community health is an extremely important issue wherever you go. Yet, many people don’t include dental health. That’s really unfortunate and whether it’s from the insurance habit of marking almost all dental work as not being covered because it’s not “mandatory” or because of ignorance of just how many other areas of health that dentistry affects, this is an often overlooked part of community health.

Gum disease isn’t just bad for the teeth but it can lead to other issues, as well. It can further exacerbate any current dental problems a person may be experiencing in addition to opening up people to be more susceptible to various bacterial and viral infections. That means a relatively small issue can possibly turn into a life-threatening one under the right conditions and if left untreated for a long enough time.

This shows why dental health needs to be considered an important and necessary part of any community’s overall health plan.

Connection to Heart Health

There have been multiple studies that show a direct correlation between heart health and dental health. In other words, people with really good teeth tended to have healthier hearts than those that didn’t, but the difference was incredibly pronounced in those who had really bad teeth. In those cases where dental issues and gum disease ran rampant, the patients often have a multitude of health issues and concerns.

This further goes to show that a little bit of dental work can go a long way to preventing massive health issues in the community later.

Much Fewer People Have Access

Because dental care is all to often relegated to the “optional” or less important, fewer people get access. There are many free clinics or mission groups that attempt to bridge some of the gap between available medical services and areas that are short, but far fewer provide dental. This means even when it is available, the demand is very high from individuals and probably more than the volunteers can handle.

Then there’s simply the fact that because of the issues with insurance coverage, or lack there of, in many lower class neighborhoods it can be harder to find quality dental practices in the area.

Don’t Ignore Dental Care

No one should ignore dental issues that pop up. These need to be considered serious issues like more conventional medical conditions. Getting treatment from an experienced and skilled dentist not only results in a better smile but makes a big difference moving into the future, as well.