Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, held a hearing on Feb. 28 to examine the dental crisis in the United States.
More than 47 million people live in places where it is difficult to access dental care. More than 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance. About 17 million low-income children do not see a dentist each year. One quarter of U.S. adults ages 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Only 45 percent of Americans age 2 and older saw a dental provider in the past 12 months.