This summer The Kaiser Family Foundation released several policy briefs about oral health in the U.S. and the problems associated with a lack of dental care. The briefs include the following:
The policy papers draw attention to the prevalence and consequences of dental problems among children, adults and seniors. They also focus on oral health disparities and examine the costs when people are unable to access dental care.
The Kaiser Foundation held a forum in June to discuss the consequences associated with a lack of dental coverage and care for low-income adults. The forum examined strategies for addressing this problem and the benefits of providing oral health care for everyone. See the archived webcast from the June 19 public forum.
A theme in the Kaiser Foundation analysis is that even though poor oral health is largely preventable, the lack of dental care affects the overall health and quality life for many adults. Adults with chronic diseases such as diabetes are especially affected by poor oral health.