Our mouths are important. Every time we smile, frown, talk, or eat, we use our mouths and teeth. Our mouths and teeth help us communicate with the world around us and allow us to nourish and support our bodies. Our mouths play such an important role in our ability to not only survive but thrive and enjoy our lives to the fullest.
In Arizona, access to oral health care is often determined by a person’s age, income level, and the community to which they belong. Arizona’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as people with low incomes, face the steepest barriers to good oral health, and cost is cited as the predominant reason for being unable to visit a dentist. Due to this, BIPOC and Arizonans with lower incomes often have higher rates of tooth decay than white and wealthier Arizonans, further risking their health and financial security.
Luckily, nearly all dental disease is preventable with the right support and good oral health for all Arizonans is possible. This is a problem we can solve!
If you want to hear more stories from Arizonans impacted by limited access to dental care, check them out here.
Join us in asking lawmakers to prioritize comprehensive oral health care in this year’s legislative budget TODAY!
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