HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to purchase health insurance, but no one will be required to have a dental plan.
Some of the policies under the Affordable Care Act will have preventive care coverage for those 19 and younger.
"If they're going to be encouraged to come on a regular basis, we're going to be able to identify problems in the earlier level. The treatment is going to be a lot easier and less expensive," said Dr. Greg Johnson, a member of WHSV's First Alert Health Team.
Most people usually opt out of dental insurance because it costs more, leading some people to skip their regular dental appointments.
Johnson believes skipping your appointments is a bad idea because the health of your body and mouth may be linked.
"Most everyone has a dental concern and if that's ignored it's going to affect not only their oral health, but their general health is going to be a concern as well. So often times if we can get health going, orally speaking, then general health increases as well," said Johnson.
He said that infections in the mouth are sometimes good indicators that something else in the body is not right.
He has also seen a link between gum disease and heart disease.
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