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Dental Health and Access to Dental Care Oral health is an integral part of general health and well-being Good oral health and freedom from oral pain and infection substantially contribute to quality of life and self-esteem Poor oral health on the other hand is an obstacle to good nutrition can severely affect peoples ability to carry out the normal activities of daily life It is also a risk factor for such major systemic diseases as coronary heart disease The oral health of Americans has improved greatly over the past 50 years but there are areas where severe oral health problems remain Experts estimate that as many as 42 million Americans have no insurance coverage for dental care and low-income families that have some type of health insurance still find it difficult to obtain quality health care Summary Many people in America without insurance do not see dentist on a regular basis and have poor oral health which can lead to poor overall health A Solution Constant pain from decaying teeth can make a good nights sleep impossible causing adults and youths to be irritable and too tired to concentrate at work or school Gum disease It is also called periodontal disease and is defined as the inflammation of the structures that surround and support the teeth can make it painful to chew or eat certain foods Gum Disease People with severe dental disease such as untreated abscesses can wind up with a deformed jaw or chronic halitosis bad breath These last two conditions can additionally cause embarrassment and low self-esteem make a person less apt to socialize and more apt to stay isolated - and in general just feel miserable Community health centers CHCs are one of the sources of health care for low-income consumers CHCs provide health care to low-income families particularly the uninsured They are typically private nonprofit consumer-directed health care corporation that provides comprehensive primary and preventative care to medically underserved people
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