When it comes to maintaining their oral health, seniors face unique challenges.
One issue is dental coverage. As people retire, many of them lose the dental coverage their jobs provided. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 or older, offers limited dental benefits, and 47% of those senior’s plans have no dental coverage.
Not surprisingly, many seniors fail to visit the dentist consistently. Only about half of seniors 65 and older have visited a dentist in the past year, and nearly a quarter haven’t visited a dentist in the past five years. These numbers are even higher for Black and Hispanic seniors and those with lower incomes. This situation is particularly dire because regular dental visits are critical for seniors. As we age, our mouth becomes more susceptible to a number of oral health issues, making proper dental care more vital than ever.
If you have clients who are at or approaching retirement age, here are some dental conditions they should be aware of and a variety of individual plan options you can offer them to help them address these conditions.
Did you know that as we age, we become more susceptible to certain dental issues? Oral health problems common among seniors include the following:
Your senior clients can have dental coverage that addresses their unique needs. Individual dental plans are a great choice for retirees. These plans include the services seniors need most, including preventive care like routine cleanings and exams at no out-of-pocket cost.
Here are some individual plans that you can offer your senior clients.
To make selling a snap, we’ve created a variety of helpful resources that you can offer your senior clients to help them learn more about why Delta Dental's individual plans are a great choice. You can find plan brochures, links to informative videos and access to our online Find a Dentist tool, which can help seniors find a dentist that meets their unique needs. You can also let them know about value-added features retirees will love.
We’re dedicated to protecting seniors’ oral health. Through our Senior Oral Health Program, we partner with community-based coalitions to focus on improving access to dental care, particularly for those seniors in marginalized communities. Our goals are to reduce oral care disparities, address the causes of poor oral health among older adults, particularly those living in poverty, and create a replicable model for oral health solutions.
Help ensure that your senior clients’ smiles remain bright and healthy long into retirement with these great individual plan options.