Few Retirees Have Dental Insurance

Older Americans are increasingly facing difficult situations when it comes to oral health. Poor oral health has repercussions on systemic health as well as quality of life for the elderly. Only about 10% of retirees have dental insurance plans from their former employees. Of Medicare beneficiaries, 22% has not been to a dentist in five years. Even for those who receive dental coverage, it is often limited to routine cleanings and will not cover dentures or major surgeries. In order to cut oral health care costs, retirees should inquire about payment plans and discounts on procedures at dental schools.

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