About 10 to 12 million adults might drop dental insurance when their children obtain separate coverage under provisions in the Affordable Care Act, NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland said. "Our studies show that when children's coverage is separated from their parents in the small group market, as many as half of the parents that are currently insured may drop their dental coverage for economic reasons," Ireland said. "So they may decide to get their kids' teeth fixed instead. And studies show if adults don't have coverage, they don't go to the dentist as often." Ireland also noted that families may be forced to use different providers for their children.