Individuals who lack dental insurance are more likely to suffer complications such as bad breath, canker sores and gingivitis. Due to the fact that they cannot afford visits to the dentist, they often miss out on treatments and hygiene advice that may help them avoid these problems.
In an effort to help more people access dental services, the Mission of Mercy recently announced that it will provide free services to dozens of adults in Pennsylvania and Maryland who lack insurance.
Officials said that oral health is connected to overall health, and conditions like bad breath may be symptoms of larger problems. Therefore, it is important to seek the services of a professional to diagnose the problem.
"For every American without health insurance, there are two without dental coverage (over 108 million)," said David Liddle, Mission of Mercy's executive director. "For the uninsured, dental care has become an 'out-of-reach luxury' rather than part of one's primary health care."
The events will be held throughout the month of October in recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month.