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BU Study: Public Housing Residents Bear Disproportionate Burden of Poor Oral Health

Residents of publicly-supported housing – public housing developments and rental assistance units – were less likely to have had routine preventive dental care and more likely to have experienced serious oral health issues resulting in tooth loss compared to other residents, a new study by the Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PHH-PRC) at the Boston University School of Public Health shows. The study, which appears in The Journal of Urban Health, discloses a serious gap in oral health care for an already vulnerable population, especially seniors living in public housing.