Accessible Care for Seniors Signing Up for Medicare Benefits
DALLAS, Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Open enrollment for Medicare began on October 15. Millions of seniors in Texas once again faced the challenge of finding the right Medicare coverage, including the need to decide between Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. While the primary focus is on medical and prescription coverage, it is important not to ignore the potential impact of dental coverage.
Most Medicare participants don’t realize the program does not include routine, preventive dental procedures, which are critical to longevity and overall health. Currently, Medicare benefits only apply to surgical dental procedures carried out in hospitals. As a result, seniors must either pay for dental services completely out-of-pocket or try to find a Medicare supplement that provides high-quality, affordable and accessible dental care.
Unfortunately, this is extremely difficult. Most Medicare dental supplements are low-cost and poorly designed. In addition, these plans have very limited networks of inexperienced dentists.
“We see the challenges seniors face in this situation, which is one reason why we offer our dental membership plans,” commented Dr. Jay Patel, who practices at Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas. He continued, “We simplify the search for experienced and knowledgeable dentists and provide the care seniors need at a reasonable rate. Our adult plan allows everyone to enjoy friendly, personalized care at a consistent, low monthly fee.”
Furthermore, the negative impact of poor dental care on the overall health of seniors can be significant. A range of statistics tell the story:
- Only 29% of seniors have dental coverage.
- 1 in 5 adults aged 65 or older have no natural teeth remaining, and complete tooth loss becomes twice as prevalent by age 75.
- People who still have 20 or more teeth at age 70 are significantly more likely to have a longer lifespan than those with fewer teeth.
- 70% of adults over the age of 65 have advanced periodontitis. This is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
- In Texas, nearly 4 million senior citizens struggle with periodontal disease – a disease that has been strongly linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other serious conditions.
While dental membership plans have existed for more than 20 years, most patients are unaware of this option. At the same time, ease of use and enrollment are two of the most significant benefits. Other facts to know about the savings plan at Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas include:
- Between 2 dental examinations and cleanings per year included at a fixed cost per month.
- Benefits are available upon enrollment without any waiting period.
- Fluoride varnish and X-rays for the year.
- 20 percent discounts on other treatment, excluding Invisalign and braces.
As seniors consider these benefits, it is important to keep a couple of dates in mind. Open enrollment for Medicare started on October 15, 2023, and ends December 7, 2023. This is the time to drop an existing dental supplement that is not working and to enroll in a better form of coverage. Those interested in learning more should feel free to contact Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas on their website or by calling the office at (469) 780-7844.
Website for Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas: https://www.midtowndentistrydallas.com/
Dr. Jay Patel
Dr. Scott Ludlow
Dr. Tuan Nguyen
13309 Monfort Dr.
Dallas, TX 75240
Amanda Campbell, Client Relations
2100 North Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080
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