Dental Visits and Daily Hygiene
Don’t Avoid the Dentist
No one wants to go to the dentist. That’s why so many people avoid dentists religiously. They don’t seem to have any problem most of the time, so when they’re due for that regular checkup … well, they’ve got better things to do.
It’s a different story when they’ve got a problem with their teeth.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s been decades since they last saw a dentist. When trouble strikes—maybe a toothache, tooth sensitivity, or tooth loss—those people who normally run from dentists are likely to run straight to a dentist.
That makes sense. You’re not likely to find a better friend than a dentist when it comes to taking care of your teeth. What doesn’t make sense is avoiding that friend in the first place, because there’s a good chance regular dental visits would have prevented those problems altogether.
There’s no guarantee, of course, but regular dental visits are your best bet for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This is especially true for seniors. Seniors are at advanced risk for a number of 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.
As far as oral cancer is concerned, seniors are at elevated risk. According to the National Institutes of Health, oral cancer rates peak between the ages of 60 and 70, and remain high after that. In many cases, 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.
If you’re worried about the cost of good dental care, there’s a solution. It’s true that Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) and Medigap won’t cover the cost of routine dental procedures or checkups, but there are affordable senior dental insurance plans to help cover costs of root canals, dentures, crowns and crown repair, treatment of the gums, cleanings, retainers, fillings, dental hygiene tips, and more. Senior dental plans can help keep you healthy and save you a lot of money in the long run.
Finding the best and most affordable senior dental insurance can be difficult without the help of a senior health insurance plans specialist. 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.