Dental care is essential to health, and far too many in Texas are lacking it

Imagine you are 67 years old and you wake up with a bad toothache. You can’t sleep. You know you might need a root canal or something more invasive, but you can’t afford it. You don’t have dental insurance and while you have Medicare, it doesn’t cover most dental services.

This is a possible scenario for many of the 4.6 million people enrolled in Medicare in Texas, the federal program that provides health coverage for the elderly and people with long-term disabilities. It is also a concern for the millions of working poor Texans who are not covered by other social programs.

Since the inception of Medicare, policymakers have not considered dental care as important as medical health care. That myth has been dispelled. Dental care isn’t just about the crowns, root canals, dentures, and tooth replacements that seniors – and anyone – need at some point in their lives. It also prevents the risk that untreated cavities can lead to abscesses and spread disease to other vital organs. In some cases, these conditions can be fatal.

Source: Dental care is essential to health, and far too many in Texas are lacking it / Nation World News

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