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Obamacare has been all over the news as of late, and most people are probably sick of hearing about it at this point. However, at Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we wanted to share some important information on one area of the Affordable Care Act which has gone overlooked by most, and that's the impact on the dental industry.

As with all areas of medical and healthcare, there's going to be an extended adjustment period, and the full extent of these changes and how they actually fall into practice are yet to be known. However, there are two important ways in which the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will directly affect the dental industry and dental coverage -- pediatric coverage, and excise taxes.

One of the hopefully very beneficial and impactful stipulations of Obamacare will be that all children should have dental coverage available for them. Right now, there are anywhere from 10 to 15 million children in the country who are without dental coverage and proper treatment.

The benefits to helping that many children with their oral health, preventing major problems before they start, instilling proper dental hygiene habits, and more, is huge. Dental practices may also see a surge of new patients, with so many millions of children perhaps going to the office for the first time, or the first time in a long time.

A potential concern however will be if adults now have to choose between their own dental coverage and treatment, and that of their children's. In tight financial times, this is the type of tough decision which many families may have to make, although we don't know how this will play out exactly as of yet.

Secondly, the 2.3% excise tax which went into effect at the start of 2013 applies to medical equipment. While it's applied on the manufacturer's end, this cost is then likely passed down in most cases to the dentist and his or her own practice.

This is important not only for dentists as they manage their own capital purchases and investments, but also on their patients. Will their increased costs either force them to pass down the costs to the end patient, or instead, discourage them from the purchases of the latest and most advanced and up to date equipment?

It's another issue which is only beginning to be explored, so the answers are unclear at this time.

Feel free to call our office at 410.531.5639 or use our contact form if you have any questions about your dental coverage and the Affordable Care Act, or to schedule an appointment today.

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