Why Oral Care?
Health and Employability:
The fact is that while dental disease is easily treated and prevented, poor dental health has the potential to threaten nutrition, speech, and general health. Visible decay can erode self-confidence, personal interactions, and have a huge effect on employability.
Across the country, an estimated 130 million Americans lack dental insurance. Challenges, including the high cost of insurance and a lack of low-cost services, affect low-income families and Hispanics disproportionately.
Locally, only 41% of Bexar county residents reported seeing a dentist in the past year. The need is exacerbated because Bexar County and other neighboring counties are found in dental deserts where the dentist to patient ratio is 0-25% of the national average.
Point in Time
According to the 2014 Point In Time survey, San Antonio's homeless population cited dental care as their highest need and statewide, only about 14% reported receiving the dental care they needed.
Each year a collective 471 years of work are lost in San Antonio due to untreated dental disease-the equivalent of pulling a company the size of NuStar energy out of the local economy.
Untreated dental decay negatively impacts employment, making it tougher for people to find and hold steady jobs.
For every $1 spent on preventive dental measures, taxpayers are saved as much as $50 for emergency care for the uninsured and underinsured.