Oral healthcare care among low-income adults is not good and at least one dentist has called it a crisis.
“This country is facing a dental health crisis — a gap between those with good dental health and those without,” wrote Robert Faiella in a guest column for the Huffington Post. “Its causes are varied and complex, and it will only get worse without a comprehensive set of solutions.”
Faiella pointed to a study performed by the American Dental Association that showed the problem with oral healthcare among low income adults.
“A study by Harris Interactive with the American Dental Association (ADA) found that nearly half of lower-income adults say they haven’t seen a dentist in a year or longer. Overall, more than 181 million Americans didn’t visit the dentist in 2010,” wrote Faiella. “Nearly half of adults over age 30 have some form of gum disease, which can lead to bone and tooth loss.”
Dental care has grown across the country, but there is still a need for improvement. That is why more and more dental employers are looking for dental assistants who have professional training and have the skills and knowledge today’s dental facilities need. There is an effort underway to provide more low-income Americans with improved dental care, which will increase the demand for professionally trained dental assistants.
“The good news is that increasing attention is being paid to dental health,” Faiella added.
That increasing attention will lead to a growing need for more dental assistants.