If you’re over the age of 65, you may be one of the many Americans living on a tight budget these days. Even after a full career and wise investment decisions along the way, the majority of American seniors need to be careful with their spending to ensure they’re going to be able to maintain their lifestyle post retirement.
At the same time, seniors are living longer and facing higher health care expenses than ever before. So how can American retirees strike the necessary balance to be sure something as important as dental care receives adequate attention?
The key to saving on dental care as a senior citizen comes down to three basic elements:
1. Prioritize dental care
It’s no secret that many people view caring for their oral health as an important thing to do, but also as something that can be overlooked when “more important” things come up.
However, caring for your oral health is actually vitally important to your overall health, your mental and emotional wellbeing, and your quality of life. This only becomes more apparent as we grow older.
So, the first step for seniors interested in saving on dental care is to consider that obtaining quality dental care on a regular basis is worth prioritizing.
2. Explore all the savings options
"Although Medicare doesn’t cover general dental services, there are a number of alternatives available to help seniors save on oral health services."
Although Medicare doesn’t cover general dental services, there are a number of alternatives available to help seniors save on what can otherwise be very expensive oral health services.
Take the time to explore all the options available in your community, from no- and low-cost clinics to annual specials offered by local offices. Call various dentists to compare prices and let them know your dental care needs. Also, consider joining a dental discount program, which can offer significant discounts through participating dentists for a low monthly or annual membership fee.
Once you’ve done your homework and know what it’s going to cost to visit the dentist for a cleaning and exam every six months, place that figure into your monthly budget and be sure to set it aside so you’re not scrambling for funds when your appointment comes up.
3. Care for your oral health at home
Finally, in the interim between semi-annual visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning and examination, the best thing you can do to save on dental care is to care properly for your teeth at home.
Thoroughly brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and using an antibacterial mouthwash regularly are all inexpensive and simple ways to keep your mouth as healthy and resilient as possible. Choosing the right nutrition is an important factor as well, especially when it comes to getting enough protein and calcium in your diet.
By incorporating these simple elements into your normal routine, you’ll find that caring for your oral health as you age is not only possible, but is even enjoyable. To learn more about saving on dental care, download our free tip sheet below: