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Only 45% of Americans 2 or older have had dental care in the last year



Published: Fri, March 9, 2012 @ 12:40 a.m.

By Sen. BERNIE SANDERS

McClatchy-Tribune

The United States is in the midst of a major dental crisis. There are 130 million Americans who have no dental insurance. One-fourth of adults age 65 or older have lost all their teeth. Only 45 percent of Americans age 2 and older had a dental visit in the last 12 months, and more than 16 million low-income children go each year without seeing a dentist.

Lack of dental access is a national problem but those who are most impacted are people who are low-income, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, older adults, those with special needs, and those who live in rural communities. Simply put, the groups that need care the most are the least likely to get it. As chair of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, we released a report at a recent hearing on the dental crisis in America.

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1CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Welcome to republican lack of health insurance. I am not anti-republican, but what we have for health and dental insurance in the US is disgusting. What most companies offer for dental insurance does not pay for most procedures anyway. Proper health care and the ability to afford to pay for it should not be for only the wealthy.

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2redeye1(4558 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

CassAnn What makes you think when Obama care comes on board that you will still be able to afford Dental care. It will cost alot more then , then it does now. Why do i say this, its easy dentists aren't going to take a pay cut. They will just raise their rates even higher. Just the drug companies are doing now. The Obamacare bill does not have any price controls in it.

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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Redeye, don't put words in my mouth. You don't see me promoting Obamacare either.

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