Straight Teeth and Crooked Policies: Why Dental Care Matters for Anti-Poverty Efforts
Doto, Chloe V.
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Oral health is largely treated as a luxury in the United States. This sentiment is echoed by our nation’s current health care legislature, and evident by growing dental disparities despite advanced technology and increased Medicaid eligibility. I argue that dental care is, 1) an important determinant of overall health, 2) imperative for psychological well-being and, 3) a predictor of economic success. Furthermore, due to the widespread impact of dental care, society has a moral obligation to make dental care accessible to low-income individuals. As I conclude, I specify that due to the relative effectiveness of child health initiatives in recent years, attention and effort ought to focus specifically on improvements in adult dental health access.
Chloe Doto is a member of the Class of 2016 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]