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3 Reasons You Should Get Dental Insurance Beyond Medicare

If you're over 65 and don't have a dental plan, you are not alone. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans in this age group do.

If you were born before the 70’s, more likely than not, you grew up during a time when fluoride wasn’t as common as it is today. This means your teeth are at a higher risk of developing dental conditions, such as cavities, and these problems can lead to issues beyond your mouth. That’s right! Worsening dental issues can lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, and more. Here are a few reasons why getting a dental plan can help you out in the long run:

1) One visit can help detect medical problems before they worsen:

  • Cavities on tooth roots are very common, as well as on the crown, or chewing surface.
  • Gum disease and tooth decay can cause tooth loss which can lead to pricey implants.
  • Periodontal disease gets worse with age; about 23 percent of 65-74-year-old patients have severe cases of gum disease.
  • Cancer of the mouth or pharynx is diagnosed in 31,000 Americans on a yearly basis.

2) Medicare generally covers the basics which might not be enough if you have a problem beyond a routine cleaning.

3) If you grew up without as much fluoride as some, your mouth is naturally at a disadvantage.

If you think about the many complications a regular dental visit can eliminate, it's easy to see why dental insurance is something to consider. And, if you add on the fact that older Americans could have long-term undiagnosed dental conditions, then it’s really something to consider adding. Start getting the dental care you need, when you need it and protect your whole-body health.

Did you know: roughly 25 percent of Americans over 60 have no natural teeth left. As you age gracefully, so can your teeth. Take care of them to keep them and a dental plan is a great way to protect your teeth, and your health.

Smart shopper tip: Getting insurance doesn’t have to break the bank! There are quality and affordable dental plans available to meet your needs.  

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