Dentists Are Reminded Of Preventing Dental Disease – Part 2 of 2
The lower rate of preventive dental care among blacks may be due to a scarcity of awareness about dental health and dental care services, and to an inadequate number of culturally competent dental care professionals, suggested Bei Wu, a professor and director for supranational research at Duke University’s School of Nursing, and colleagues. Many Native Americans who live on reservations don’t receive proper dental care, partly because too few dental care professionals opt to work for the Indian Health Services, the researchers pointed out in the news release.
The investigators also found that people with health insurance were 138 percent more likely to receive preventive dental attention than those without insurance. Women were one-third more likely to get preventive dental care than men. Smokers were also less likely to receive preventive dental care, which is of particular concern because tobacco use is a threat to oral health, the researchers noted. The findings picket the need to develop public dental health programs that target middle-aged and older Americans, improve access to dental care, and develop a dental workforce that is culturally competent, the study authors said.