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Survey: Dental health coverage important in reform plan
Updated: 6/5/2009 5:00:28 PM

Survey: Dental health coverage important in reform plan As members of Congress continue to hash out a way to reform the country's healthcare system, a new survey has found most Americans are hoping dental coverage will be part of any new plan.

According to Oral Health America, 63 percent of U.S. adults who responded to the survey said that dental care coverage was important to them. Another 40 percent classified it as very important.

Beth Truett, president and CEO of Oral Health America, said this was also a good time to remind people about dental health, especially since it's National Smile Month.

"This is a great time of year to focus on dental care habits, spend extra time with our children in teaching them to brush their teeth, and to ask our elected officials to support healthcare for our entire body - including our mouth," Truett said.

News of the survey comes at a time when some people are living without access to professional dental care, either because of a lack of dental insurance or because there aren't enough dentists.

Recently, it was reported by the Portland Press Herald that there is a current shortage of dentists in Maine with each one being responsible for roughly 3,400 residents. The average U.S. ratio is one dentist per 1,700.

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