Are Oral Health Disparities Merely Unfortunate or Also Unfair? An Introduction to the Book.

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Oral health is an intrinsic part of overall health. The mouth is part of the digestive and respiratory systems; it is essential to spoken communication and facial expression; in fact, toothaches are among the most severe and hence debilitating kinds of pain that a person can suffer. The economic cost of dental disease is staggering, equaling an annual loss of some 20 million days of work in the US alone. But far more disastrous is the personal cost for those suffering from these conditions. More than 100 million US citizens lack dental insurance. There is widespread consensus that the result in
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJustice in oral Health Care.
Subtitle of host publication Ethical and Educational Perspectives.
EditorsJos Welie
Place of PublicationMilwaukee
PublisherMarquette University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0874629349, 1435610741, 9780874629347, 9781435610743
ISBN (Print)9780874626704, 0874626706
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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