Dental Visits and Daily Hygiene
The Keys to a Healthy Smile
There’s no other way to put it. If you want to maintain good oral and dental health, you’ve got to visit your dentist regularly.
Regularly visiting a good dentist can be just as important as visiting your physician, and can result in the same all-important opportunities for early detection of problems and sometimes lifesaving treatment.
Seniors are at advanced risk for various oral health problems including dry mouth, root decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and stomatitis, which can result from ill-fitting dentures. There are many more oral health problems that can strike seniors, and some are even linked to extremely serious disorders including heart disease and strokes.
Seniors are also at elevated risk for oral cancer—which too often goes undetected until it’s too late. Early detection can make all the difference between a happy ending and a tragic one, and there are many times a visit to the dentist would have resulted in a happy ending. Your dentist is an expert at spotting potential problems that you may be unaware of. Whether you have a big problem, a small one, or none at all, there’s no possible advantage to avoiding the dentist when it’s time for a checkup.
Flossing and brushing your teeth will help reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Gum disease often leads to tooth loss, and is associated with heart disease and stroke. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing between teeth daily will help remove plaque and lower your risk of gingivitis and other problems. Practicing good dental hygiene isn’t hard to do, and it’s likely to save you a lot of pain and money over the years.
Regular dental visits, flossing, and brushing are the foundation of good oral and dental health. But to help cover costs of preventive and other care, chances are you’ll want to look into senior dental plans. Why? Because Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) and Medigap won’t cover the cost of routine dental procedures or checkups. Senior dental plans, on the other hand, can provide great coverage, help keep you healthy, and save you a lot of money in the long run.
MedicareMall’s experts are ready to go over all the senior dental care options with you, help find you the dental insurance you’ll most benefit from, and see you through the enrollment process. Contact us now and we’ll help you keep that winning smile for many years to come.