When will we see your teeth? Dentists are being asked to keep you on the up and up
Dentists in Alabama are being ordered to keep patients as healthy as possible, despite the state having the highest obesity rate in the country.
Alabama, home to the state’s largest population of people over age 50, has seen the obesity rate climb to an all-time high of 14.6 percent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state has the highest rate of dental decay in the nation.
Alabama’s dentist office has been forced to limit hours to keep people healthy, and some offices are also requiring patients to go home with their dentists at least three times a week.
Some dentists are even having to limit patients to just one visit a week, a change from the state norm.
Dentists have been asked to limit visits to only one dentist, the AP reports.
The practice has also been ordered to limit people who are not on medication to only a few visits a week and to keep dental hygiene to a minimum.
Dental offices are being forced to increase hours and staff in an effort to help patients stay healthy.
The AP reports that a state health official told the AP that dentists have not seen an increase in patients.
However, the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) told the news outlet that there have been increases in obesity, including an increase of 3.5 percent in the number of obese patients from January to May.
In a statement, Alabama Department of Health Director Tom Broussard said that the state is not using any new procedures to keep residents healthy, adding that the department has been working to improve the quality of care.
The state has not been using new procedures for dental care, BrouSSard said.
The CDC also noted that while obesity is increasing in the state, its still the highest in the U.S. at 14.2 percent.