Young, impoverished Americans are hoping for dentures.
According to a startling article published in USA Today this week, poor dental health among Appalachians has prompted people in their teens and 20s to seek out dentures.
Residents of the region have long suffered from worse than average oral hygiene. In 2007, the New York Times noted that more people under the age of 65 were living without teeth in Kentucky than in any other state, and that roughly half of the state’s residents didn’t have dental insurance at the time. The Times described the difficulties toothless women had finding jobs:
… about half of the women who go through [a job-training program], most in their 40s, were missing teeth or had ones that were infected. As a result…they are shunned by employers, ashamed to go back to school and to be around younger peers and often miss work because of pain or complications of the…
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