Affordability Limits of Dental Care for Seniors
There are a lot of problems associated with providing dental care to seniors and, as a result, it is interesting whether dental care has a limit. Most of seniors who even qualify for discount dental care cannot receive the services as there are no dentists who agree to provide them. And, traditional Medicare does not provide any coverage of dental services for elderly people. It seems that a person reaching a particular age does not have a chance to allow dental care and dental health issues are left untreated for a long time.
According to the survey conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, people who are 65 or older get dental care once in five years which is not enough to preserve good dental health. At the same time, they do not actually want to use traditional dental care and are trying to find alternatives in the form of discount dental plans and dental savings plans.
The representative of the most popular provider of discount dental plans confirms that the greatest part of the clients is seniors that do understand that their general health depends on dental care first of all. Besides, the numbers show that seniors prefer using alternative options and are rather happy to receive the discounts offered within a certain discount dental plan.
The information presented by Oral Health America, nearly 75% of seniors do not have dental insurance and the most popular reason for it is its affordability. About 50% of seniors who get a fixed income consider that dental insurance is impossible to afford as they need such dental services as root canals, dentures and crowns. The cost of these services can reach more than $3,000. As a result, discount dental programs provide customers with a reduced fee for a number of services that can be chosen personally.
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