Dan Rodricks is right to call attention to our nation's dental care crisis, as are Rep. Elijah Cummings and Sen. Bernie Sanders for trying to make dental care more accessible ("Wall Street pays, the nation smiles," June 17). According to the Institute of Medicine, our dental care system is failing a third of our population — more than 100 million children and adults.
The problem is long-standing: A landmark 2000 report from the U.S. Surgeon General's Office declared oral disease a "silent epidemic." America's underserved children and families shouldn't have to wait any longer — they deserve a solution.