What you should worry about if you are over 50 (part 2)

Posted By: Varun Sharma

In the first part of the article, you understood the importance of taking care of your mouth and keep all the problems in check, problems such as dry mouth, gum disease and mouth cancer. Now it is time to learn about the dental care after retirement, dental procedures and taking care of an elderly loved one.

Paying for Dental Care

Most people who retire don’t realize that medical insurance does not cover routine dental care. You have to begin to plan for all your dental expenses in advance (before retirement). By doing this, you will not have to let your dental health suffer the moment you are on a fixed income. There are organizations such as AARP, who offer supplemental insurance plans for members.

You can also try discount dental plans. This is another option where you have to pay a monthly fee lower than for a traditional dental insurance. Then you select a dentist who has agreed to offer certain services for up to 60% less than the usual price. The reduced fee is paid out of your pocket and no claim paperwork to fill out is needed. Search online for dental plans at the National Association of Dental Plans website.

Taking Antibiotics before dental procedures

If you suffer from any heart condition or have an artificial joint, it is critical to tell your dentist. Even though you may think that is not relevant, it is. There are a lot of conditions that offer a high risk of infections. That is why some antibiotics are recommended prior certain dental procedures. Discuss with your dentist and determine what and if you need to take antibiotics before your procedure.

Taking care of an elderly or disabled loved one

Maybe you have a spouse, parent or friend who finds it difficult to keep a healthy mouth, and you want to help them. If you do, you have to know two things:

  • Help them maintain a clean mouth by brushing and flossing daily
  • Do regular dentist visits with them

By following these two rules, you can prevent many problems. But if the person you are taking care of finds it difficult to brush and floss, then you will have to do it for them. To do so, you will have to consult a dentist and hygienist who will provide you helpful tips that will make your life easier. For those who have dentures, you have to pay attention to their eating habits. If they start eating less or find it difficult to eat, then it is because of the dentures.

When you are taking care of someone who is bedded, you will have to deal with a lot of other problems. However, you should never forget about oral health. Pay attention to the bacteria levels in the mouth, because they can easily be inhaled and cause pneumonia.

Oral health is crucial for anyone, not just for the elderly. But older people need to pay close attention to their oral health because it can quickly deteriorate and cause problems.