Seniors Need Not Go “Long In The Tooth”

Hear the expression “long in the tooth” and maturing adults with worn, discolored, or missing teeth probably come to mind. That’s because as we age, we are more likely than ever to be dealing with cumulative tooth and mouth issues. And that timing couldn’t be worse. Our teeth, after all, are the gateway to the rest of our bodies; they need to be healthy when we are most vulnerable to illness.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four adults, aged 65 and older, has lost all of their teeth, and that number climbs to 44% for those living below the poverty line. When you consider that older adults (ages 55+) are one of the fastest growing segments of the American population, expected to reach 72.1 million by the year 2030 according to the Administration on Aging, the numbers become more overwhelming. And since Oral Health America reports that only 2% of retirees have coverage from a former employer now, the dental care situation for current and future seniors is bleak.

So what’s a senior who doesn’t have dental insurance to do right now? Dental care is expensive; insurance is rare and comes with tons of hassles. Medicare often doesn’t cover oral care, and the Affordable Health Care Act does not address this issue.  There is another alternative that not many people know about.  It’s called adental savings plan.  It’s an affordable alternative to traditional dental insurance.  For one low annual fee, members can save between 10 and 60% off a wide range of services from check-ups, cleanings, and x-rays, to root canals, orthodontia, and even cosmetic dentistry.

 

To learn more visit www.dentalplans.com or Call us at 1-800-238-5163 to find out about how dental savings plans can help make quality dental care affordable.  You can ask about the company’s vision, pharmacy, and chiropractic plans if those interest you as well.

 

 

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