Children, older adults, and people who live in rural areas are among many Americans who must overcome obstacles to receive regular dental care. Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, a new report from the IOM and National Research Council, examines the scope and consequences of inadequate access to oral health services in the U.S and recommends ways to combat economic, structural, geographic, and cultural factors that prevent access to regular, quality care.
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