The Need for Dental Healthcare
Dental Care in the U.S.
Across the country, an estimated 130 million Americans lack dental insurance. Challenges, including the high cost of insurance and a lack of low-cost services, affecting low-income families and minorities disproportionately.
Importance of Oral Heath
Some of the most common diseases that impact our oral health include cavities (tooth decay), gum (periodontal) disease, and oral cancer. Although these oral conditions are frequently considered separate from other chronic conditions, studies over the years have proven poor oral health can be a contributing factor and significantly increase the possibility of a person having a stroke, developing diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, gum disease and jaw infections due to untreated cavities can be life threatening and even lead to death. Statistics show the three main reasons why adults are not able to find jobs are due to lack of transportation access to and from work, debilitating dental pain and lack of self-confidence due to missing teeth. Children are also severely impacted missing many days of school because of chronic dental pain.
Who We Serve
We provide oral healthcare services to underprivileged and undeserved adults and children. Some are homeless, some are single mothers, others are unemployed, some work yet remain in poverty, others may be recovering from substance abuse, many are elderly or disabled, and others are refugees.