Lots of Americans have terrible access to dental care. Obamacare’s new enrollment numbers suggest that health reform won’t fix that.
Eighty-six percent of exchange enrollees opted not to purchase a stand-alone dental plan, which covers the teeth cleanings and other oral health services not typically included in major medical insurance.
This means that lots of people gaining insurance through the health care law might not have better access to dentists. And that’s actually a pretty significant public health problem.
Most Americans don’t have dental insurance
Health and Human Services estimated that 127 million people with employer-sponsored coverage have dental insurance as well. That leaves about 180 million people who don’t have oral health coverage. Medicare doesn’t cover dentist visits for seniors. Medicaid coverage of dental benefits varies by state, with 16 states providing comprehensive coverage to adults.
Yes, going to the dentist is actually important
Cosmetic reasons aside, there are lots of legitimate reasons to visit the dentist. The mouth, for one, is a weirdly good indicator of overall health. Inflamed gums, for example, can be an early warning sign of a number of significant diseases, including HIV, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Written by Sarah Kliff. To read the full article, click here. For more information on general dentistry, tooth care and oral hygiene services in Stuart, FL, please visit our website at www.regencydentalofstuart.com.