Reversible Decay: Oral Health Is a Public Health Problem We Can Solve

Published 10/01/2019

Six out of 10 U.S. adults rate their oral health as fair or poor, and half (51%) of adult patients are concerned about their oral health — rating it as a bigger health concern over heart, eye, digestive, mental, and skin health. High costs and lack of coverage are significant barriers to getting oral health care. Most dentists (98%) and physicians (96%) agree that access to preventive dentistry is key for improving overall health. Most Americans support Medicare dental (80%) and Medicaid dental (78%) coverage.

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