An Exploration of Dental Health Disparities in America

By Cole Archambault


Many would consider the United States one of the greatest countries in the world. Yet, the U.S. struggles to provide healthcare to its citizens. While the United States’ bragging rights include the highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world, one of the world’s highest adult literacy rates (99%), and one of the world’s strongest militaries, American healthcare, especially dental care, has not lived up to these statistics. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that only 63 percent of the adult population (ages 18-69) seeks regular dental care. This low rate of dental care attainment is the result of myriad causes, and research has shown that its effects could be wreaking havoc on the health of millions of Americans.

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