Due to the lack of oral health coverage Medicare provides, there are now multiple Medicare for All Proposals that focus on including dental health care as part of comprehensive health care. If the proposals are approved, low-income families throughout the country will have access to preventative dental services no matter where they live. Many health care providers across the U.S. have been supporting the incorporation of oral health into comprehensive health care for years.
Because the amount of Medicare coverage adults receive varies from state to state, some adults are receiving ample coverage while others are receiving zero benefits. Organizations are writing articles to provide guidance on how states can improve oral health care access for all. There are huge discrepancies when it comes to coverage and payment policies in some states, which is what prevents enrollees from receiving full access to their dental care benefits.
Fortunately, The Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019, plans to add some dental services that would be covered under Medicare Part B. For example, oral care services needed to prevent disease would be covered, as well as emergency conditions. Preventative care services to promote oral health would also be included.
Because oral health issues are largely tied to other health conditions, it’s important that dental coverage is included in Medicare Part B plans. Individuals who suffer from untreated dental infections have a higher risk of experiencing cardiovascular issues, such as heart attacks and strokes. Children who are suffering from untreated cavities could lose sleep, which could affect their overall health and jeopardize their school performance.
Dental coverage is also necessary for pregnant women to ensure the health of their babies. When pregnant women maintain excellent oral health, they help keep their babies healthy short-term and long-term. Studies have connected gum diseases to babies being born with adverse birth outcomes and pregnant women experiencing preeclampsia.
Lastly, if families had dental coverage for preventative care services, Americans wouldn’t be spending billions of dollars on dental-related visits in emergency rooms. In 2015, studies reported that Americans spent 2 billion dollars on dental issues that were treated in emergency rooms. Had some of those patients had access to quality preventative care services, they wouldn’t have needed expensive emergency treatment.
At McBride Dental, we believe more people should have access to oral health coverage, especially low-income families. Our mission is to help as many people as possible maintain healthy teeth and gums so they can enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life. We offer preventative care services to help our patients avoid cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. However, for those already experiencing these issues, we offer fillings, gum disease treatment, dental implants, and dentures. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact our office today at (760) 471-1003. We want to help you show off the smile of your dreams.