Planning Ahead: Dental Work before Retirement

February 6, 2020

If you’re planning on 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 idea to let your dentist know so we can create a functional treatment plan that utilizes your dental insurance benefits while you still have them. 

Enjoy retirement free of worry about dental concerns by completing necessary treatment beforehand.

Enjoy retirement free of worry about dental concerns by completing necessary treatment beforehand.

If you have older fillings that are starting to cause the teeth to crack or crowns with failing margins, now is the time to start updating them. Some of your teeth may require crowns and by starting to update them sooner than later, you’re able to spread your cost out over time. 

After retirement many folks will lose their dental insurance benefits. You may not realize before it’s too late that medicare doesn’t include dental coverage. Some medicare advantage plans do, but are often limited to preventive coverage. 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. Ensuring you’re doing your part 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!


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