Last year marked a milestone year for dental care and insurance.

At the end of 2012, more than 187 million Americans had dental coverage, an increase of 11 million people from the previous year, new research finds.

It's the first time that enrollment for dental insurance has hit 60 percent of the U.S. population. The previous two years' enrollment was at 57 percent of the population, up from 55 percent in 2009.

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