When you go to a dental office, ask if they offer free oral hygiene
The American Dentist has published an article titled When you ask a dentist if they have free oral health care, chances are they’ll tell you no.
But that’s not what most dentists say, according to a new survey by the American Dentor Association.
According to the survey, 74% of dentists surveyed by the ADA believe dental care is free, while 26% said it’s expensive.
“The fact that the majority of dentist practices in the United States do not offer free dental care indicates that the American Dental Association has not been adequately educating patients and practicing dentists,” the American Cancer Society said in a press release on Tuesday.
“This results from an industry-wide disconnect between the need for effective and affordable dental care and the need to educate consumers and patients about dental care options,” the statement said.
A growing number of dentistry schools are offering free oral care and dental hygiene services, and dental clinics and other health care providers are beginning to offer dental insurance plans.
The American Dentist Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians are among the organizations pushing for universal dental coverage.