One third of Americans is without dental insurance. The lack of affordable dental insurance for poor people is revealed as serious risks for dental and overall health.
Many elderly who lose dental insurance when they retire and uninsured children have no possibility to afford dental treatment.
Residents of Las Vegas asked questions about healthcare reform and dental care to President Obama at Nevada town hall meeting Friday.
One woman asked whether the overhaul would benefit volunteer health clinics that have popped up across Nevada to provide free care for residents who don’t have insurance.
While many Americans are concerned about their health care coverage, some people think about their dental coverage.
“I’m reasonably familiar with the current and proposed legislature as it applies to dentistry and oral health. And my question is, what’s your vision for how dentistry will fit into your larger framework for health care reform?” asked dentist about how it would impact dental coverage.
President Obama answered that this problem is serious, he added that dental hygiene is actually very important for keeping your heart healthy. It’s known heart disease can be triggered when you’ve got gum disease.
“So everybody floss. That’s my first — am I right? You got to floss”, added Obama.
President noted he hope they can include dental care in the various proposals that they’re putting forward, because dental and vision care are very important.
“So I would like to see dental care covered. I will tell you that some folks are going to say we can’t afford it. At minimum, I’d like to see that our children have the care that they need. If we can keep our children’s teeth healthy, then usually that means they’ve got healthy teeth as adults. At least it prevents them from skipping school and being distracted”, explained Obama.