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Study Shows Link Between Economic, Social, Environmental Factors and Oral Health

December 3, 2020
by Elaiza Torralba, University of California, Los Angeles


More than one in four adults in California report having poor oral health, but that figure rises to roughly one in two for the state’s lowest-income residents and drops to one in five for those with the highest incomes, according to a UCLA policy brief that looks at the role economic, social and environmental factors play in oral health.

The research, conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, highlights significant differences in residents’ oral health across income, education, employment, immigration status and other categories, revealing the crucial influence of social determinants and illustrating that poor oral health is not simply a result of lack of access to dental care.

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