Mississippi State University
Hoffman, David M.
Copeland, Toni J.
Hardin, James W.
Date of Degree
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Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures
American’s agree that dental health is important and vital to our overall wellbeing. However, not every American is achieving the same degree of oral health. Obstacles that American’s face include dental health disparities, limited access to affordable dental care, and limited access to dental insurance. This study examined how disease risk is shaped within the culture of oral health in Florida. This study examined those who provide dental care, those who cannot afford dental health insurance but earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, and those with dental insurance. Hypotheses two and three were proven to be true, while hypotheses one and four were proven to be false. Research indicated that the participants believe that pleasingly aesthetic teeth are highly desirable. It revealed that the poor and working poor are unable to utilize dental health insurance, and do not seek annual preventive dental health services due to the cost.
Hicks, Heather, "The silent epidemic: Disparities and obstacles in obtaining oral care" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 4653.