According to AARP, the U.S. population ages, an increasing number of older adults — especially racial and ethnic minorities — risk not having their oral health needs met because they cannot afford to see a dentist. This raises health, quality-of-life and health equity issues for all older Americans. Now is the time for federal and state policymakers to put a concerted effort into making adequate and affordable dental coverage available for Americans of all ages and to close the disparities gap.
 Hispanics (35 percent) and African Americans (34 percent) compared with whites (19 percent). AARP calculation using data from the Behavioral Risk Fact Surveillance Survey, 2013. Older refers to people age 65 and older.
Source: AARP Public Policy Institute analysis of 2014 National Health Interview Survey data
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