It’s no secret that people in this country are living longer. Seniors today are more vital, active, and engaged than ever. In fact, seniors today represent 13% of the nation’s population and by 2030, will be 50 million strong.
One of the keys to enjoying retirement is, of course, good health. Yet with employer-sponsored dental benefits coming to an end upon retirement, seniors have good reason to educate themselves on the best options for maintaining their oral health.
Although some retirees may be tempted to “do without,” the cost — both health-wise and financially — of forgoing preventive dental care can be catastrophic. It’s critical to continue seeing your dentist regularly to protect your teeth and your health.
• Seniors often take a variety of medications that can cause dry mouth and lead to rapid tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
• Poor oral health can affect a person’s ability to chew, speak, smile, and maintain adequate nutrition.
• Without regular dental care, many adults seek care in costly emergency departments.
One rule remains imperative: Seniors still need regular dental care to protect their oral and overall health.
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