PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September is Healthy Aging Month, intended to inspire people to focus on the positive parts of growing older, and take personal responsibility to age healthily and happily. DentalPlans.com, a leading online marketplace for dental savings plans, is taking this opportunity to encourage everyone, especially seniors, to have their essential checkups and wellness screenings – including dental, vision and hearing.
Preventive care – such as Welcome to Medicare screenings or annual wellness visits – are a critical part of aging well. And while many may make a point to see a physician for regular physical checkups, tight budgets and COVID-19 infection worries may make people wonder if they can safely skip their regular visits to the dentist, or their vision and hearing checkups.
It’s important not to delay or skip getting essential health services. If you’re unsure if it is safe to do so, speak to your doctor or dentist for advice to help guide your actions.
“Preventive care is essential for maintaining health and managing expenses. From a dental perspective, routine care is far less expensive than the restorative treatments you may need if you ignore your checkups and let seemingly small issues become big problems,” says Jenn Stoll, Chief Commercial Officer at DentalPlans.com.
The impact of poor dental health on overall wellness is also a significant concern. According to a recent study, dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may be linked to periodontal disease. Dental decay and gum disease have already been linked to other significant health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses.
And whether someone wears glasses or contacts, or has 20/20 vision, eye exams are critical to protect vision now and into the future. Many eye ailments that can cause blindness have no symptoms in their earliest stages but can be spotted during an eye exam. According to the National Eye Institute, those aged 60 and up should have a comprehensive exam annually.
Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans cover annual checkups, but may not extend to vision and dental care. Those whose insurance doesn’t cover these essential health services can reduce the cost of dental care by joining a dental savings plan. Members enjoy discounts of 10-60% on dental care from a nationwide network of over 140,000 dentists. And many plans include additional discounts on vision and eye care services.
To learn more about dental savings plans, visit DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading online dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives.