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Severe Dental Diseases Persist In South Dakota Due To Chronic Poverty And Lack Of Access To Dentists

October 14, 2019
by South Dakota News Watch


Tooth decay, gum disease and many other oral-health illnesses are considered to be 100% preventable, yet many children and adults across South Dakota continue to suffer severe dental problems.

A lack of access to proper dental care in South Dakota is driven both by geography and income. With a relatively small population spread out across a large area, South Dakota finds many of its residents do not have ready access to a dentist. Meanwhile, a high level of poverty in rural, urban and reservation communities also inhibits the ability of both adults and children to obtain proper dental care.

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