AAPHD policy fact of the week

Here is this week’s AAPHD policy fact of the week:

A recent article from the Journal of Public Health dentistry titled “Broken smiles: The impact of untreated dental caries and missing anterior teeth on employment” examined the impact of routine dental visit on anterior teeth health, employment, and the benefits of expanding dental coverage for non-elderly adults.

  • Results showed that the probability of being employed was negatively associated with poor oral health.
  • This shows that physical appearance influences social interaction. Those who decayed or missing anterior teeth were from low-income households or from ethnic minorities who lacked dental insurance and access to dental care.
  • Expansion of dental care in Medicaid could positively influence the employment rate. This could also lead to overall decreased costs to emergency departments, to the state, and in the end allow more individuals to make a livable wage.

For more information, please see the article.