Oral Health and the LGBTQ+ Community: A Snapshot of Disparities and Discrimination

Published 06/28/2022

CareQuest Institute examined the experiences of individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ regarding their oral health, access to dental care, and experiences with discrimination. Key findings from our nationally representative survey focused on oral health show that LGBTQ+ individuals, when compared to non-LGBTQ+ individuals, were: 

  • 77% more likely to have visited a hospital emergency department for dental care within the past year. 
  • 58% more likely to say it would be difficult to get care from a dentist if their mouth or teeth were causing pain or discomfort. 
  • 45% more likely to say they felt self-conscious or embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth, or dentures.  

These results confirm that LGBTQ+ individuals encounter distinctive oral health challenges that need to be addressed.  

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