Title

The silent epidemic: Disparities and obstacles in obtaining oral care

Author

Heather Hicks

Advisor

Hoffman, David M.

Committee Member

Copeland, Toni J.

Committee Member

Hardin, James W.

Committee Member

Travis, Rick

Date of Degree

8-1-2019

Original embargo terms

7/18/2022||Visible to MSU only for 3 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

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.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/14570

Comments

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.

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