Seniors have much to smile about; they are usually at or near retirement, many have little grandchildren running around, and most seniors have mastered the art of enjoying the precious moments in life.
The problem is as we age, our smiles face the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth infection. Seniors have specific needs when it comes to oral health concerns and for this reason, senior health insurance plans should include coverage of dental procedures.
Gum disease is a main concern for seniors.
Procedures involving the gums are often referred to as periodontic work and these procedures are not covered by Medicare. Senior dental insurance is typically the solution for this gap coverage.
Seniors often experience complications involving tooth sensitivity, loss of enamel, and eventually tooth decay and loss. This can either be because the roots of the teeth have naturally deteriorated or because gums slowly start to recede. Unfortunately dentures are also excluded from Medicare coverage, so one must go though a private senior dental insurance provider to receive financial assistance with payments.
Through the years, your teeth undergo some wear and tear. There are ways to prevent unnecessary damage, however. Of course, daily brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash is key. If you suffer from arthritis as many seniors do, try investing in an electric toothbrush as to reduce strain on the hand and surrounding joints.
Finally, make sure you have a good senior dental plan that allows regular visits to your dentist to monitor your teeth.
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