Western Kentucky University

Poster Title

Toothlessness in Kentucky: The Causes and the Remedies

Institution

Western Kentucky University

Abstract

As a student in the Department of Public Health at Western Kentucky University my courses have exposed me to the poor health status that Kentuckians hold in many rankings of health in the nation. Dental health is no exception. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of tooth loss in the nation. The current statistics of toothlessness in the state compared with other states, and trends for the nation during the last two decades are presented. This project looked at the influencing factors that contribute to these staggering statistics, barriers that have kept Kentucky from properly advancing in dental health and potential solutions to this challenge are recommended.

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Toothlessness in Kentucky: The Causes and the Remedies

As a student in the Department of Public Health at Western Kentucky University my courses have exposed me to the poor health status that Kentuckians hold in many rankings of health in the nation. Dental health is no exception. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of tooth loss in the nation. The current statistics of toothlessness in the state compared with other states, and trends for the nation during the last two decades are presented. This project looked at the influencing factors that contribute to these staggering statistics, barriers that have kept Kentucky from properly advancing in dental health and potential solutions to this challenge are recommended.