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When It's Too Expensive To Open Wide & Say "Ahh"

Dec, 11th 2016

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Dec. 6, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report.

Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost.

That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed.

Cost was the main impediment to dental care even for adults with private insurance.

"It seems like medical insurance is doing a better job at protecting consumers from financial hardship than dental...

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