AUGUSTA — Poor dental hygiene impacts a person’s self-esteem as well as their health.
That was the word Monday from several Democrats and Republicans backing the expansion of MaineCare dental coverage.
The legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on the proposal Monday afternoon but before that hearing, supporters held a virtual news conference pushing the benefits of making dental care available for more Mainers.
Currently, preventive dental care for adults is not covered by MaineCare.
“Emergency dental care is often provided in a hospital emergency room or emergency dental clinic, costing far more and resulting in a worse outcome than if the patient had access to routine preventative dental care,” said House Speaker Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford.
An economist with the American Dental Association said spending the money to provide routine dental care would provide an economic boost to the state.