Everyone deserves access to quality oral care but knowing where to begin isn't easy. Many people are surprised to learn that your oral health can significantly impact your overall health. Poor dental hygiene can lead to serious health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news is that a daily oral care routine can prevent many of these conditions.
As essential as dental care is for a high quality of life, lack of oral health education and access to dental care are common barriers for the Hispanic community in the United States. SSM Population Health examined the racial oral health disparities among Non-Hispanic Whites, Non-Hispanic Blacks, and Hispanics and found that high levels of delayed dental care and unmet dental care needs exist in these groups. These disparities result in higher levels of tooth decay and less preventive care.