A significant percentage of homeless people suffer from tooth loss, a fact which has serious implications for their overall health. The lack of dental insurance, coupled with the high cost of dental care, can make regular checkups and cleaning virtually impossible for many Americans. For those with little or no income, medical expenses are often a major cause of losing teeth. Losing teeth can also lead to health complications in general, including post-surgery complications like pneumonia and infections. Dentures are not an option for many homeless people due to their high cost and sometimes embarrassing appearance. Homeless people may also not have the proper tools or water to maintain their teeth properly."
Many Americans are covered by dental insurance. But many homeless people do not have it, and the cost of dental care can be prohibitive even for those who do.
A recent study found that about one-third of Americans lack any form of health insurance coverage, including dental insurance. The lack of dental insurance, coupled with the high cost of dental care, can make regular checkups and cleaning virtually impossible for many Americans (especially those who have lost their jobs).
Many homeless people lose their teeth because of medical expenses. For those with little or no income, medical expenses are often a major cause of losing teeth. This can be because they don't have dental insurance, or they are unable to afford treatment when they need it.
The cost of dental care can vary widely depending on your location and the type of treatment you need. For example: if you want to get crowns on your teeth (which are caps that cover up existing cavities), that would cost about $1,000 per tooth! So if you have five missing molars due to decay and need all five replaced with crowns...you're looking at spending $5k just for those few procedures alone!
Losing teeth can also lead to health complications in general, including post-surgery complications like pneumonia and infections.
But perhaps most importantly, losing your teeth makes it difficult for you to eat healthy foods and maintain a balanced diet. This is because the taste buds on our tongues only allow us to taste sweet or salty flavors; other flavors such as bitter and sour are detected by receptors inside our mouths. So when we lose our teeth, we lose these receptors--and therefore cannot enjoy the full range of flavors that make up a healthy diet!
Poor nutrition leads directly to poor health: people who are malnourished tend not only have poor immune systems but also suffer from more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes (both of which may require costly hospital stays). And let's not forget about self-esteem--a lack thereof leads directly back into homelessness because it makes finding work harder than ever before!
Dentures are not an option for many homeless people due to their high cost and sometimes embarrassing appearance.
For example, a full set of dentures can cost up to $1,500 and a partial set can range from $700-1,200. This is an amount most homeless people cannot afford on their own. Additionally, some homeless people are uncomfortable with the way they look when wearing dentures because they do not fit properly or make them feel self-conscious about speaking in public places (such as shelters).
In addition to the lack of access to dental care, homeless people may also not have the proper tools or water to maintain their teeth properly.
In order to brush your teeth, you need a toothbrush and toothpaste--both of which are extremely expensive for people living in poverty. The average cost of a tube of Crest toothpaste is $3-$5 depending on where you buy it; if you're spending all day begging on the street trying not to starve while trying not get sick, who has time for brushing?
If you do manage to scrape together enough money for some food and shelter each night (which is unlikely), there's no way that buying something as silly as "toothpaste" will be at the top of your list when there are other things more important like food (which might go bad) or bus fare (which could get stolen).
Lack of access to dental care is a significant problem for homeless people. As with most other health issues, lack of dental insurance and high costs can make regular checkups and cleaning virtually impossible for many Americans. The same goes for those who are homeless: They may not have money or transportation to get to the dentist's office, let alone enough food in their stomachs to keep them from feeling sick after eating something sweet like candy or soda pop.
Another reason why so many homeless lose their teeth is because they don't take proper care of their mouths as often as others do. This means that they're more likely than others (who might brush twice daily) to develop cavities and other problems such as gum disease or toothaches--all of which could lead up until losing teeth altogether if left untreated long enough!
If you're wondering how you can help, there are many ways to get involved. You can volunteer at your local homeless shelter or donate money or supplies. If you have any specific questions about how best to help the homeless population in your area, contact your local government officials for more information on programs available in their communities.