Socioeconomic status correlates to health oral health disparities for adults 20 years and over, 2011-2014

Oral health disparities can partly be attributed to differences in socioeconomic status. Over a three year study researchers were given surveys about their access to healthcare, nutrition, and laboratory tests. This research stated that patients with low income had the highest prevalence of not having a dentist and wealthier patients had a much higher prevalence (Kailembo et al., 2018). These results were especially true of adult males, current smokers, as well as Hispanics, and people with a low educational level. These groups tend to have less disposable income so they are not readily going to the dentist frequently.



Kailembo, A., Quiñonez, C., Mitnik, G. V., Weintraub, J. A., Williams, J. S., Preet, R., . . . Dye, B. A. (2018). Income and wealth as correlates of socioeconomic disparity in dentist visits among adults aged 20 years and over in the United States, 2011–2014. BMC Oral Health, 18(1). doi:10.1186/s12903-018-0613-4

NY Times- Hardest Places to Live in the US

This very interesting map, put together by the New York Times, shows by county the hardest places to live based on six areas of evaluation. Each county is analyzed on education (who received a bachelors degree), unemployment rate, household income, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. The results are colored coded with the dark teal color representing counties doing well, an off-white color representing the average, and orange showing the counties doing the worst. By moving your mouse across the map, you can easily find your area and see where your county stands.

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