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Medicare Doesn't Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Big Problem.

A patient gets free dental care during the Seattle/King County Clinic at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 2016. / AFP / Jason Redmond / Getty Images

Many people view Medicare as the gold standard of U.S. health coverage, and any attempt to cut it incurs the wrath of older Americans, a politically powerful group.

But there are substantial coverage gaps in traditional Medicare. One of them is care for your teeth.

Almost one in five adults of Medicare eligibility age (65 years old and older) have untreated cavities. The same proportion have lost all their teeth. Half of Medicare beneficiaries have some periodontal disease, or infection of

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