Just because you retired doesn’t mean it’s time to retire your good oral health routine! Maintaining your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is essential to keeping your mouth healthy.
Older adults are still at risk for tooth decay and cavities. In fact, tooth decay is a common chronic disease in adults 65 and older. Despite issues like cavities, about a quarter of adults 65 and older haven’t seen the dentist in the past five years, missing valuable cleanings and oral health exams.
In addition to cleaning teeth, at each exam dentists should screen for oral cancer, periodontal disease and other mouth problems that become more common in older individuals, so it’s important to keep those appointments.
Unfortunately, most Americans lose dental coverage after retirement, and Medicare does not cover dental. But retirees do have options. Medicare Advantage plans typically offer hearing, vision and dental coverage. These plans aren’t right for everyone, so look at offerings in South Dakota to see might work for you.
And Delta Dental’s individual plans offer affordable dental benefits directly to individuals and families who need non-employer coverage.
Less than 1 in 6 pre-retirees have attempted to estimate healthcare costs during retirement, according to a report by Merrill Lynch. So, while you’re budgeting keep your smile in mind, even if you must consider paying out-of-pocket to keep those regular dental appointments.
A little investment upfront may save you from more costly dental treatments in the long run. Plan now for a stress-free and healthy retirement.