If you’re considering retiring in the next 5 years, congratulations! Also, it’s time to start thinking about making sure your dental needs are taken care of. Many people wait until they’re about to retire to try and squeeze in needed dental work. If you’re within the 5 year range, it’s a great time to let Dr. Crane know so we can create a functional treatment plan that maximizes your Dental Benefits while you still have them.
If you have older fillings that are starting to deteriorate or crowns with failing margins, now would be the time to start updating them. If Dr. Crane has recommended any crowns that you have been holding off on, by starting now, we can spread your cost out over time.
After retirement many folks will lose their dental insurance benefits. Medicare plans do not include dental coverage unless you add it as a supplemental plan which is an additional out of pocket expense. Some Medicare Advantage plans will offer preventive coverage only. If you need treatment it will often be out of pocket on your part and may be costly.
This is also the time to improve your oral home care habits if they are still less than ideal. An ideal homecare routine is to brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste and use an interdental cleaning aid such as dental floss or a water flosser once a day. An electric toothbrush like a Sonicare is an awesome option. Doing your best effort with your homecare will decrease the likelihood that you will need dental treatment in retirement.
If retirement is in your near future it’s a good time to be thinking about how you’re going to spend your remaining years of dental benefits. Let us know so that we can help you maximize your coverage over the coming years and sail into retirement without worrying about your teeth!