There is a racial gap in health care and health insurance in the U.S. For instance, we can look at this specific case of black and Hispanic children in Massachusetts going without dental care.
From the article:
The report found that one in four children in the state start school with dental disease. Twenty-four percent of Hispanics and 23% of black children who are kindergarten age have untreated cavities, rates nearly twice that of whites, according to the report.
In addition, two-thirds of third grade children in low-income families have tooth decay, about two times the rate of tooth decay among children in families with higher incomes, the report found.
Dental problems are often thought of as frivolous or less than urgent. That view is erroneous. In addition to the severe pain that comes with many dental problems, they can also lead to infections and other serious and even life-threatening conditions. For instance, see the case of 12-year-old Diamante Driver from Prince George's County, Maryland who died from an infection of an abscessed tooth. This death could have been prevented with routine dental care.