I believe universal health care in the US should eventually include dental care. I don't think this is a huge deal at this point, but lets face it, dental health is very important too. The cost of these services are inflated as well, but not nearly as bad as the health care costs. These higher costs should be addressed and dental care should also be added to the universal health care system we are woking to create now.
Often enough, dental issues are due to abuse of some sort. If taken care of, teeth should last most of your life. Many dental issues can be avoided with regular checkups and cleaning. These are minimal cost and could prevent major issues with the passage of time. Cavities caught early can prevent major oral surgery later due to infection. Opponents to universal dental care will often state that dental concerns are cosmetic. These people often forget that you don't just need your teeth to say the word teeth, but you also need them to eat.
I think dental care should be absolutely free no matter where you go. There is nothing more horrible than having problems with your teeth. And if left untreated, these problems can often lead to infections and even blood poisoning or heart disease. We used to die of our teeth before the advent of dentistry and good hygiene.
Why is Dental Health not considered when the Government Administrators discuss Universal Health Care? Dental Health is just as important as any other type of Health Care but often neglected and overlooked when it comes to discussions about Universal Health Care. If our Government is serious about Universal Health Care then really be serious and include Dental Health coverage for all!