People who don’t have dental insurance are two thirds less likely to have visited a dentist in the past year. However, 130 million Americans lack dental coverage. That includes 22 percent of children, 40 percent of adults up to age 64, and 70 percent of seniors age 65 and older who go without dental insurance.
In the United States, one in four children have untreated dental decay.
Medicare offers no dental coverage.
Of people who HAVE dental coverage, only 70% of the costs of dental care are covered. The rest is out-of-pocket.
The average dentist makes $147,361 a year. The average dental hygienist salary is $72,330.