But research increasingly shows how closely dental health is connected to overall health. Dental problems, and their accompanying inflammation and bacteria, can worsen other chronic conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. And missing or sore teeth can make it hard to eat a healthy diet. Dental infections can be painful — they are a major cause of emergency room visits — and, in rare cases, life-threatening.
“Dental care is health care, and dental care must be part of any serious health care program in the United States,” Senator Sanders said.
Medicare coverage would give older and disabled patients a way