Five of Miriam Martinez's molars have had to be extracted because of decay. "If I'd had dental insurance, I'd still have my teeth," the 52-year-old said.
The Affordable Care Act has expanded medical coverage for people of all ages, but dental coverage is a different story.
The federal law requires it be made available only to children. That means in California, millions of adults — many of them poor — do not have dental care. That'll change in May when the state restores a low-income dental program it cut a few years ago.
But KPCC's Adrian Florido reports dentists say a lot of damage has been done in the meantime.