The nation’s dentists are grateful that the Affordable Care Act specifiedchild dental care as one of 10 core health benefits, but theybemoan the law’s conspicuous silence on the importance of adulttooth upkeep.

Some ACA health plans include dental coverage, while ACAcustomers can also buy stand-alone dental plans on themarketplace.

“(A)dult dental benefits are still optional, with oneimplication being there are fewer regulations governing howdental benefits are offered toadults,” states a recent report by the American DentalAssociation.

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