Dental Care: 1 in 3 Americans Can't Afford Visit
Report also reveals how private dental insurance companies are profiting off the poor.
According to a new report, one in three Americans cannot afford a trip to the dentist, according to the Huffington Post.
The report, released by PBS Frontline and the Center for Public Integrity, details how more than 100 million Americans don't go to the dentist for checkups and cleanings because of the cost.
Nearly 5 million American children, or one in 16, did not get regular dental checkups in 2008 because their families could not afford it, according to an Institute of Medicine report released last year.
As a result, many end up going broke paying for dental care or suffer from extreme pain.
The report also revealed how many private dental insurance companies are making money off the poor who can't afford dental care.
These firms are dentistry's version of payday lenders, targeting low-income consumers that are ignored by mainstream dentists and charging excessive rates. One of these companies, Aspen Dental, which is owned by a private equity firm, gave 87-year-old Theresa Ferritto a credit card to pay thousands of dollars she owed after getting two teeth pulled, according to CPI.