Congressional Black Caucus report includes oral health

By DrBicuspid Staff

September 18, 2015 -- The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust has released the 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America, which includes a chapter on oral health.

The report examines the causes and impact of health disparities among minorities and is compiled by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), who chairs the CBC Health Braintrust. The report includes a chapter on oral health written by ADA President Maxine Feinberg, DDS.

"Although oral health in the United States has by many measures improved dramatically over the past 50 years, it still represents a significant public health issue, one that affects low-income and minority populations disproportionately," Dr. Feinberg wrote.

Dr. Feinberg also noted that 42% of African-American adults and 36% of Hispanic adults have untreated dental disease, compared with the 22% of Caucasians, and that untreated tooth decay in primary teeth among children ages 2 to 8 is twice as high for Hispanic and African-American children as compared with Caucasian children.

Dr. Feinberg called for reforms at the state and federal levels, focusing on improvements to Medicaid coverage, the Action for Dental Health Act, which supports activities that improve oral health education and disease prevention, as well as increased support for federal agencies and services aimed at reducing oral disease among underserved populations.

Former U.S. surgeon general advances oral health debate
In this exclusive interview with DrBicuspid.com, David Satcher, MD, PhD, former surgeon general of the U.S., talks about the need to improve...
Lack of adult dental coverage mars Medicare anniversary
On the 50th anniversary of the institution of Medicare and Medicaid, DentaQuest Chief Dental Officer Dr. John Luther celebrates the critical health...
Does more Medicaid coverage cut ED use for dental care?
Expanded dental coverage through Medicaid and an increased number of dentists were not associated with fewer visits to the emergency department (ED) by...
Spending on dental care will grow 60% in next decade
Spending for dental care will grow 60% during the next decade, according to a new report in Health Affairs. Increased expenditures will result...
Survey: Almost 40% of Americans lack dental insurance
Almost 40% of Americans do not have dental insurance, according to the newly released DentalPlans SmileIndex annual survey.

Copyright © 2015 DrBicuspid.com

Last Updated np 9/18/2015 10:30:09 AM