This just in: prevention actually pays off.
Researchers at the University of Maryland Dental School recently found that the seniors who regularly visited the dentist and got routine preventive care generally had much lower dental expenses overall.
They studied public records from 10,582 Medicare beneficiaries. Researchers said that Medicare records are a good indicator of national trends since there are nearly 34 million Medicare members in community-based housing, despite the fact that private insurance records were not available for the study.
Discount Dental Plans
Currently, Medicare does not offer any significant dental coverage, which leaves many people in a bind. In these cases, a discount dental plan can fill in the gaps left by Medicare’s lack of dental coverage. For example, with a Careington 500 Series plan, you can get discounts on all your preventive treatment and more advanced procedures with no limit to how many times you get them. This plan is the most affordable one on the market with more than 8 million members nationwide. To learn more about the plan, click here.
Some dentists generously open their offices for a day or two of free dental work for the community, like the event “Dentistry from the Heart” hosted by a Florida practice.
Dental work can be expensive, especially for retirees who no longer have a steady income. However, the cost of waiting could end up much higher than the cost of seeing the dentist at the first sign of a problem.
Like we always say – take care of your dental health now, before it gets more painful and more expensive or develops severe complications. It’s not going to get better on its own. It will only get worse.
Do you wait until the last minute, or do you see your dentist regularly?