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Lack of Insurance Contributing to Dental Care Neglect

PHOTO: Half of Kentucky's adults do not have dental insurance according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll.  Courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
PHOTO: Half of Kentucky's adults do not have dental insurance according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
May 6, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A dentist will say that poor oral health can have a negative effect on a person's nutrition, appearance and speech. It's a painful problem a large chunk of Kentucky's adults are dealing with, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Half the adults in the state (1.7 million) do not have dental insurance.

That's not a surprise to Dr. Robert Kovarik, who heads the University of Kentucky's Division of Public Health Dentistry. According to him, the cost of seeing a dentist and the lack of warning signs are among the reasons why.

"Oral health is not always a painful proposition; I mean, you can have serious gum disease and not feel a thing," Kovarik pointed out.

The study, commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, found that four of every ten adults (39 percent) did not see a dentist at all in the past year. The national average is three out of ten in that position.

When those without a personal dentist were polled, eight out of ten said they last visited a dentist more than five years ago. Kovarik warned that inflammation around your teeth can cause your whole body to have more inflammation.

"When you're unable to get your teeth cleaned and you have got all these bacteria growing under the gums that people don't realize, that's actually sort of like having a big open wound," he said.

It's an open wound that Kovarik said is not noticeable but can lead to heart disease and many other health problems.

A link to that study is at healthy-ky.org.


Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY