PLANTATION, Fla., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- May is Older Americans Month, a nationwide celebration of Americans aged 65 and older. This year's theme, "Age Out Loud," encourages seniors to speak up about trends and issues that affect their lives. For many, the conversation revolves around the need for accessible, affordable dental care.
"Medicare doesn't cover dental care or treatments (with a few, very specific exceptions) and supplemental Medigap plans typically don't cover dental either," said Bill Chase, Vice President of Marketing for DentalPlans.com, a leading online healthcare marketplace. "It's unfortunate as medical research continues to find links between oral health and overall health."
Oral health symptoms are associated with 90 percent of all systemic diseases, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Studies have shown poor oral health has been linked to serious conditions, increasing the risk of heart disease by as much as 180 percent and stroke by 300 percent.
For many seniors, fitness and health, like oral health, have become increasingly important. Most oral health issues associated with aging, such as decay, tooth loss and gum disease, can likely be prevented with consistent dental care and an at-home hygiene routine addressing the needs of older adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
But without the guidance of a dentist, people may not know how to effectively combat concerns such as dry mouth, which can cause accelerated tooth decay, gum disease, oral sores and pain, and bad breath. This is often caused by common medications, like aspirin. If the medication dosage cannot be adjusted, dry mouth symptoms can be managed with help from a dental professional.
Many seniors, who are on a fixed budget or not receiving the necessary dental benefits, are turning to dental savings plans as a quality, affordable alternative to dental insurance. Dental savings plans provide discounts of 10%-60% on most dental procedures at dentists nationwide. Learn more at DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives. www.dentalplans.com.
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