Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a report this week concluding that America faces a “dental crisis.” According to the report:
• More than 47 million people live in places where it is difficult to access dental care.
• More than 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance.
• About 17 million low-income children see a dentist less than once a year.
• Only 45% of Americans age 2 and older saw a dental provider in the past 12 months.
The report recommends boosting the number of dentists and dental assistants in the nation with the help of the National Health Service Corps and expanding Medicaid’s dental benefits to include adults.