For individuals who lack dental insurance, accessing oral care can be nearly impossible. Yet, without visiting a dentist, these people risk cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
Many community health organizations are working to make oral care more available for those without dental insurance by expanding their operations, enabling them to help a greater number of people.
For example, the St. Gabriel Health Clinic in Louisiana recently broke ground on a new facility that will allow workers to bring dental care to the center, according to The Advocate. This may enable the state's uninsured to receive advice from a dentist that could help them avoid problems like bad breath.
"We're reconfiguring both the exterior and the interior of the clinic to better fit the needs of the community," Victor Kris, the clinic's CEO, told the news source.
Millions of people in the U.S. lack dental insurance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Louisiana has thousands of individuals who forego dental treatments because of this. By adding low- or no-cost dental care to the clinic's offerings, officials may be able to help these people resolve their oral health problems.