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The Case for Dental Health


A yearly physical is the norm for most of us, whether for children or their adult parents, and it's considered a part of living a healthy lifestyle. But not all areas of health are examined by one doctor, and one area of our health that is often neglected is oral health.

Recent studies have found that so many of us, in the Midwest especially, aren’t getting regular dental care. Not only can minor problems like cavities go unnoticed, but problems with your teeth can lead to other health problems in other areas of the body.

Kevin Robertson, Executive Director of the Kansas Dental Association and Dr. John Rapley, the Chair of Periodontics Department at UMKC discuss the importance of good dental health and the reasons why many people do not receive dental healthcare.


Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.