(WLNS) – When is the last time you have been to the dentist? If your answer is “I don’t know,” you are not alone. A new report shows significant gaps in dental care for people here in Michigan.
Here is a look at some of the main issues in the report.
– Researchers found that fewer people in Michigan are actually going to the dentist, specifically children.
– The report found one in four third graders has an untreated dental disease and the need is not the same across the board.
– The number of third graders in Detroit in need of immediate dental care is 2.5 percent higher than the statewide numbers.
– The report also shows there is at least one area in 76 of Michigan’s 83 countries where there is considered a dental shortage meaning there is little to no access to dental care there.
– Seniors, pregnant women, children with low income families and other specific populations are at a higher risk for poor oral health.
In 2008, three out of four new mothers received no dental care during their pregnancy. For a look at the report, and more information on the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, click here.