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Dental care topic in health reform discussions
Updated: 7/31/2009 7:00:28 PM

Dental care topic in health reform discussions As lawmakers continue to discuss a health care reform plan that will meet the basic needs for all Americans, some have raised the question of whether or not dental care should be part of the initiative.

According to federal health statistics, there are approximately 108 million Americans who have no dental insurance with 26 million of them being children. This is a significant number when compared to the estimated 44 million Americans with no health care insurance.

The American Dental Association has said childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and can lead to other health problems later in life.

Dr Thomas Connelly, a dentist who works in New York, told FOX News that the legislators were ignoring the general public's dental health.

"The government is completely separating dentistry and medical health in its proposed overhaul," Connelly said. "It doesn't make sense to do so."

No matter what the eventual new health care plan may be, the ADA recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly to maintain optimal dental health.

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