May is National Dental Care awareness month. Since dental hygiene is so important to our overall health, we wanted to highlight some statistics and tips to help us all take care of our “pearly whites” a little bit better.
Oral Health Statistics according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research:
- Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disease in individuals aged 65 and older, with 93% having Dental Caries (tooth decay) in their permanent teeth 1
- 23% of beneficiaries have not been to the dentist in the last 5 years1
- Over 49,000 Americans are diagnosed with a highly preventable form of oral cancer each year. The likelihood of being diagnosed with oral cancer increases with age, peaking between 60-70 years old1
- 17% of Medicare beneficiaries 65 and older have Periodontal (gum) Disease.1
Dentist approved tips for maintaining your dental health:
- Visit your dentist twice a year3
- Brush your teeth properly twice a day3
- Make flossing a priority3
- Use a fluoride toothpaste (ask your dentist what they recommend)2
- Avoid sugary drinks and tobacco products3
While many people agree that dental hygiene is important, the costs associated with going to the dentist or receiving dental care can discourage many people from making their oral health a priority. We at SBS want our clients to receive all the coverage they need to stay healthy, and are always ready to talk with you about a stand alone DVH plan (Dental, Vision, and Hearing) or one of the Medicare Advantage plans that may include dental coverage as an additional benefit.
If you want to learn more about the dental coverage available to you, give us a call at 1-800-627-2768.
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