Dimensions of Dental Hygiene: The Case For a Medicare Dental Benefit

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October 28, 2022

Without dental coverage, older adults are less likely to visit the dentist. According to a recent national survey conducted by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, 16% of adults who reported they were without dental insurance had not seen a dentist in more than 5 years. This is more than 10% higher than the number of respondents with dental insurance who had not seen a dentist. Further, 40% of adults lacking dental insurance who had not seen a dentist in the past 2 years identified cost as the reason.

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