Annual dental visits help prevent issues like cavities, gum disease, and so much more. So why are so many Americans skipping their yearly visit? Is it fear, forgetfulness, or are annual dental visits being delayed because patients simply cannot afford the cost?
Senior citizens are affected most by the cost of dental care. Once they retire they lose their employer-provided health insurance. Medicare typically doesn’t cover most routine dental care, and Medicaid tends to offer limited plans that vary by State. According to the AARP over half of older Americans haven’t been to the dentist in the past year. Cost is the leading cause. Unfortunately, seniors lose their health care right when their teeth need attention most.
Older Americans aren’t the only ones struggling. According to CNBC, of more than 2,000 U.S. adults surveyed, 54% said they had delayed care for themselves in 2018 because of cost. Of those surveyed, 10% said they delayed dental care for their children due to financial constraints. On a tight budget, dental work is one of the first health care needs eliminated.
The cost of ignoring dental care needs adds up over time. Consistent dental checkups are the only way to avoid serious health problems and a huge bill. These problems can extend much further than just oral health. They can start to affect your health and wellness in a serious way. That’s why Three Rivers Dental offers options, including no-interest financing, affordable fees and discounts. Click here to learn more about how Three Rivers Dental makes dental health affordable.
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