‘Crisis in dental care’: Bernie Sanders on his fight for better teeth for Americans

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Exclusive: senator condemns ‘dysfunctional’ system and says his bill would help tens of millions who struggle to afford care

A bill introduced by the US senator Bernie Sanders would dramatically expand access to oral healthcare by adding dental benefits to Medicare and enhance them in Medicaid, public health insurance programs that together cover 115 million older and lower-income Americans.

Despite Americans’ reputation for the flashy “Hollywood smile”, millions struggle to access basic dental care. One in five US seniors have lost all their natural teeth, almost half of adults have some kind of gum disease and painful cavities are one of the most common reasons children miss school.

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