Vt. senator addresses U.S. dental challenges (DrBicuspid.com)
June 4, 2012
June 4, 2012 — Vermont is making progress in its efforts to improve access to affordable dental care, but more must be done across the U.S. to address its oral health crisis, according to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
In a June 1 press conference at the site of a soon-to-open dental clinic in Springfield, VT, Sen. Sanders noted that more than 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance, according to a press release issued by the senator’s office. In addition, a quarter of U.S. adults age 65 or older are edentulous, and some 17 million low-income children do not see a dentist each year, the senator noted
Sen. Sanders lauded Vermont’s progress: Over the last six years, six new federally qualified health center dental clinics have opened in the state, which means 10 such clinics now serve more than 25,000 Vermonters.
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Tags: Dental Care, Health Care