Ever since you were a kid, you’ve been told of the importance of caring for your teeth. Whether you’ve been flossing every day since you were a child or recently began caring for your mouth, you have likely already noted how important regularly seeing a dentist is in oral hygiene.
Yet, neither Affordable Care Act coverage or Medicare included dental coverage. In fact, only around 2 percent of older Americans have any type of dental insurance! This is problematic, since going without coverage significantly decreases your likelihood of regularly visiting the dentist.
In America, just under one in three older adults have a cavity that is going untreated, and one in four people between the ages of 65 and 74 have periodontal disease. Beyond causing problems for your mouth, periodontal disease is linked to serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes mellitus. What is perhaps most surprising of all in our age of modern medicine is the fact that almost 30 percent of older adults lose their teeth.
Clearly, something needs to change. Specifically, it is crucial we all begin to understand the importance of dental care for seniors. The statistics show that your mouth changes as you age, but that does not mean you have to lose your teeth just because you’re growing older! With the right insurance coverage, keeping your mouth healthy is possible.
Would you like to learn just how affordable protecting your teeth can be? If so, do not wait to contact SeniorChoices NW. Serving Wilsonville and all of Oregon, we offer superior service and top-tier dental insurance for our local community of seniors. Protect your teeth and your overall health by calling us today!