Dental care is just as important as general health care. In fact, it is a matter of health care. Medicaid recipients over the age of 21-years-old are not privileged to dental benefits, however. The proffered rationale is that an adult individual who is capable of working should pay for their own dental care, whether or not they can find sufficient employment to be able to.
Just as everyone should be privileged to general health care, everyone should be privileged to dental care, regardless of their financial circumstances, as, in some instances, a dental crisis can be a matter of life or death.
Dental care for Medicaid or low-income or even no-income recipients of other forms of health benefits should include restorative care (fillings, build-ups, crowns, root canals, etc…) and not merely extractions, as there should be concern for both health and appearance, which can impact an individual’s ability to acquire certain jobs, which should be a core concern.