Oral health in the United States has seen a steady decline in recent years.
But that is not all.
Experts say it is not just a lack of knowledge but also lack of money to improve oral health that is causing this decline.
NPR’s Steve Inskeep speaks to Dr. Jennifer Fischhoff, a pediatric dentist who works in Oral Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
We’re talking about oral health and it’s a big topic in this country right now.
But in some states, like Kansas, the decline has been even more dramatic.
Dr. Fischbeck says the problem is that the federal government has not kept up with demand for oral health care.
She says we have seen a dramatic drop in the number of people who are getting their care at a hospital and in a dental office, and she has seen an even larger drop in access to oral health services at home.
And what’s been happening in Kansas has been an epidemic.
I mean, what I see in my practice is that people have had oral health problems, they’re not being seen by the providers, they are not getting their oral health information.
And it’s been really difficult to get a proper education in oral health.
The problem is, we have no resources for our staff to learn about it, she says.
Oral health specialists are being told that they are no longer needed in the oral health field, that they have been replaced by the medical community, she tells our Steve Inslook.
But Dr. Sondra Fischbach, a professor of pediatrics and public health at the College of Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says that is simply not the case.
In fact, she is one of the first researchers in the field to say that in a recent study she was not able to get patients to attend the dental clinic.
In other words, the providers are not showing up to the office, she told our Steve Carell.
So, there is a disconnect there.
What’s happening in my office is that it’s not that people don’t have dental care.
It’s that there are providers that are not in a position to care for them.
And we’re seeing an increase in people who aren’t seeing dentists that they would want to see because they are out of practice.
And the people who have been in this position are leaving the practice.
I’ve seen the dental practice shut down in a matter of days.
Dr Fischbaum says that she and her colleagues have been able to address some of these issues by finding new ways to get care to those who need it.
So they’ve found that we can improve the way people get their oral care.
And they have found that some of the things that we do, like the dental office or the dental hygienist, we can use to actually help people.
And so they are trying to improve access to those services, she said.
She also points to the fact that the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has found that if you have a lower socioeconomic status, you have lower access to health care in general.
Dr Sondras work has been funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
We talked to her on Wednesday.
I want to go to the bottom line here.
You have an epidemic in the states and you have some states that have had very high rates of deaths in oral healthcare.
You also have some areas where there have been relatively high rates in deaths.
How do you address the issues and how can you address that epidemic if you can’t make dentists available?
So the issue of dental care is not unique to this country, she explained.
The epidemic that we’re talking a lot about is happening in some of our other countries around the world.
But the U.S. has a history of not having dental care as a primary care provider.
Dr, Sondreas research is focused on the oral healthcare delivery system in the U: It’s not just dental care, it’s also an oral health system that includes dental and dental assistants, which are there to help people who need oral care and to get their dental care delivered to them, she explains.
And that’s what Dr. Jodi Fischman and Dr. Nita Kagan are focused on doing.
Fischbach and Kagan have been working to improve the oral care delivery system for the last couple of years in this state.
They say they want to improve what they call “access, affordability, and access.”
Dr. Kagan, a research associate professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, has studied the health of the oral population in the state of Kansas for over 20 years.
She is the lead author of a study on oral health at her university that was published in The American Journal of Oral Health last year.
And Dr. Wanda Fischberg, who also works on the project at the American Journal, told us that there