Where are the Dentists in Oakcliff, TX ?

 

The map today shows the geographic location of dentists currently practicing in the Dallas, TX area. In the process of conducting our GIS research, we noticed some areas that were heavily populated with oral health services as well as areas that are likely experiencing disparities in oral health care.

To bring awareness to the current health conditions in low-income areas in South-Dallas such as Oakcliff and other communities, the Oral Health Needs Index (OHNI) made an easy-to-access, oral health focused, Geographic Information System (GIS) based tool that allows people to find services based on their environment and resources.

Identifying dental providers who accept Medicaid/Medicare and forms of dental insurance in areas of low socioeconomic status can be difficult but it also essential in tackling disparities. With OHNI, users get a clear visualization of communities with lack of services. Lack of transportation and finding participating providers is a major barrier for low-income and rural populations. Identifying these barriers and how they contribute to health disparities experienced by under-served communities is important. It allows for a better understanding of ways to combat the health disparities in disadvantaged communities.

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Say No to DIY Braces

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Home kits for braces have been all the rage as of late. But these braces can cause major problems with those that purchase them. These diy braces use clear aligners to move teeth into a more desired setting. But since there are no orthodontists to monitor the shifting of the teeth there is no way to tell if they are being properly aligned.

The kits include an impression tray for you to manually take an impression of your mouth with then aligners after that that should correlate with the shifting of your teeth on a monthly basis. The customers just send the company selfies of their teeth as a progress tracker of the alignments.

Without the constant supervision of orthodontists braces can do more harm than help. Teeth shifting is a serious ordeal and should be taken as such. If teeth are shifted too quickly or into the wrong alignment there could be irreparable damage. That is why an orthodontist should be present to make sure that your teeth are moving correctly. Regular consumers are not qualified to do that and should not be in charge of something so important.

 

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2017-archive/november/ada-discourages-diy-orthodontics-through-resolution

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-hlth-orthodontists-straightening-startups-risks-0924-story.html