Dentist in Redding: People Can’t Afford Dental Care

Dr. Parvin Carter

There are 130 million Americans without dental insurance. Taking care of our teeth is an increasingly expensive proposition.The cost of dental care has been consistently risen twice the average inflation rate during the past half a century. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. residents spent $108 billion on dental care in 2010 -much of it out of pocket.

We Cannot Afford to Ignore Our Dental Care

Dental care is essential to obtaining and maintaining a health body. Lack of dental care could result to life threatening dispraises such as:

Heart attack, strokeAlzheimer diseasePancreatic cancer,  Pneumonia, Respiratory Tract Infection,Breast cancerDiabetes Knee arthritis, Premature birth, and  low birth weight (PLBW) babies. 

What Could We Do to Reduce Our Own Dental Care Costs:

1)  Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day regularly.

2) See your dentist every six months for dental hygiene and check up.

3) Eat  mouth-healthy Food. Avoid sugary, starchy food, coffee and alcoholic drinks. These create a favorable environment for oral bacterial growth.  They also have a drying effect, which reduces saliva flow and allows foul-smelling bacteria to linger longer.

4) If you have to eat sugary food, coffee, starchy food, coffee and alcoholic drinks make sure to rinse your mouth with a mouth wash immediately after. There is  a product on the market that targets only the bad bacteria in the mouth. It’s called EvoraPlus and it works great .

What Could Our Dentists Do to Help Low Income Families?

In order to help low-income families without dental insurance, my office held a free dental care day October 24, 2013. I had made the following announcement three weeks before:

“My dental office will see, free of charge, as many patients as possible starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on October 24. The event operates on a first come, first serve basis for oral cancer screenings, and a choice of an extraction, filling or cleaning. Please come to our dental office, located on 1548 East St., across from Shasta Regional Hospital on October 24. Please share this to help someone who needs dental care and cannot afford it”

On the morning of October 25, my husband went to office; he said there were people who had come from all over as early as 6 a.m. sitting on a chair, covering themselves from cold weather, with a blanket waiting for 9 a.m. get in. Both my office parking lot and next door parking were fully packed.

Throughout the day my staff and I were all running. We were trying to accommodate all the people who had waited patiently, some for all day in a long line. There were young, old, teenagers and children among them. They were badly in need of dental care, which was overdue for years. You could not believe how many times I cried for the pain and suffering they had gone through. I was overwhelmed and embarrassed with their expression of gratitude. Here is what one of our patients wrote on our face book:

“Thank you Soooo much Mrs. Carter. I came to receive free treatment from you, I was fortunate to be # 10. You have tremendously blessed me and I am so very grateful. I am pain free for the first time in over a year!!!!!”

I was very bothered when I got home at 7:30 p.m. I was asking myself, how could we be the richest nation on earth yet some of us suffering so badly and deprived from the most essential services?

Here is a short video of our “Free Dental Care Day”

In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 360 patients with Invisalign.

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