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New Data Suggests That Patients Are Aware of Oral Care Importance, But Face Barriers to Receiving Dental Care

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ProHEALTH Dental, in collaboration with ProHEALTH Care Associates, LLP, worked with researchers from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine to explore patients’ awareness and attitudes regarding their oral health. This study collected data through an online survey using a convenience sample of 750+ patients over the age of 18 from a large medical group.

The preliminary data from the study suggests that the majority of the participants, in this non-representative sample, have a general understanding of their oral health and the value of keeping their mouths healthy. However, several contributing factors discourage them from visiting a dentist including not being able to afford dental care, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and difficulty finding a dentist that accepts their plan.

“The study is important for patients, dental, and medical professionals to take into consideration,” said Norton Travis, CEO of ProHEALTH Dental. “Dental and medical professionals must work together and encourage a collaborative care model that helps to break down barriers preventing patients from seeking the dental care they need.”

ProHEALTH Dental’s mission is to provide comprehensive dental care using the latest technology and highly trained dentists, but also to provide vital education to their patients regarding the critical importance of proper oral health and its impact on overall health. The organization is helping to educate the public on the importance of oral health awareness, thereby increasing the likelihood that people will prioritize their dental care moving forward.