In the world of oral health care, we need to be aware of the role oral health plays in our overall health and well-being, and in how we interact with our mouths and our bodies.
That’s why oral health has always been a priority for oral health advocates.
“When we started the Oral Health Initiative in 2016, we wanted to address the urgent needs of oral healthcare providers,” said Sarah Knecht, a research scientist at the University of Florida and lead author of the new report.
“We knew that oral health is a vital public health priority, but we didn’t know how much of it was being taken care of.”
The new report shows that the oral health system is struggling to provide the care it needs.
And the gaps in the oral healthcare system are even greater than they were in 2015, according to the researchers.
The gap in oral healthcare coverage in the U.S. is particularly wide because it includes a wide range of oral conditions, and the gaps also vary by state.
As a result, the disparities are often in the tens of millions of dollars.
The gaps can be in the form of gaps in provider-patient communication and access to oral health services, gaps in oral care resources and gaps in training and education.
And, of course, there’s the gap in coverage and the lack of access to health care.
“The number one reason that we’re not getting the care that we need is that we don’t have the right providers, the right access, and we don, in many cases, lack the funding for the care,” said Kneachtts co-author, Dr. Katherine Kneeboth.
“There are some areas that we have gaps, but the gaps are very small.”
What’s more, in some states, the gaps aren’t even visible.
In Louisiana, for example, the gap between how much health care providers are covered and how much they’re paid has not been reduced over the past decade.
That means that, while Louisiana providers are receiving a smaller share of federal funding, they’re still making more money than the general public.
And because of the state’s high cost of living, the state spends much more per capita on oral health than other states.
This gap is not just a problem for Louisiana.
In fact, in most states, gaps are far more widespread than those in Louisiana.
For example, in New Jersey, there are gaps in coverage between providers and patients that are about equal to what is in the rest of the country.
“In New Jersey and across the country, we have a huge inequity in the amount of care that oral healthcare is receiving, and that is a huge reason why our health care system is so broken,” Kneboth said.
The researchers found that gaps in access to care can also be linked to cultural factors.
People from poorer communities tend to have lower incomes and access issues, which can lead to lower coverage levels for providers.
For instance, people who live in communities with high rates of diabetes have a higher rate of oral disease than people who are more likely to have higher incomes and lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
For the study, the researchers looked at data from the 2017 National Survey of Oral Health (NSOH), a nationally representative survey of oral care providers.
They looked at the differences in coverage of oral services across the United States based on race, gender, age, and income.
The data showed that the gaps were greatest for people who were Black, Hispanic, or American Indian.
This was especially true for people with lower incomes, as well as people who had diabetes or high blood pressures.
“This is a real problem for people in those communities, because these are people who, as a result of having a lower income, they have lower access to dental care and care,” Kiecht said.
“People who are people of color and low-income communities have access to fewer providers than people of all races.”
The researchers also found that racial and gender gaps are not confined to people of a particular race.
The report showed that people of Hispanic descent are less likely to get the care they need and are less satisfied with the oral care they receive.
And people of Asian descent are more than twice as likely to not receive oral care.
These gaps were particularly significant in the lower income groups, but they were also evident for people of other ethnicities.
For people who earn less than $15,000, there is a $2,000 gap in health care access and the gap is even wider for people making $50,000 or less.
For those making $100,000 a year, the average gap is $5,000.
“What we found is that people from the lower-income, less educated groups have higher rates of oral diseases, diabetes and high hypertension, which is the result of their socioeconomic status,” Kueboth added.
“They also have higher levels of diabetes and