CDC: Dental Care Often Overlooked for Older Americans

Overall in the U.S., about 29% of adults 65 and older had dental insurance in 2017, and about 66% had seen a dentist in the last year, according to survey data published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those levels land far below the rates for younger adults with private insurance, but are generally on par with younger adults overall.

Yet dental care for older adults is often “overlooked,” the new report says, and major disparities exist in who has access to and receives dental care – with potential health consequences that can reach far beyond teeth……Read More