As you begin to plan for retirement, your dental health may not be a high priority — but it should. As you get older, your dental health deteriorates and dental checkups become more frequent. It is essential to prepare for the future in regards to your teeth or you’re likely to experience more and more problems after retirement. As you reach retirement age, prioritizing your dental care should become essential for multiple reasons.
- It has long term benefits: Most dental clients wait for the problem to arise to see their dentist, but once you hit retirement age you’re going to have to be proactive about your oral health. Take care of your teeth now and reduce the chances of dental problems later.
- It will save money: Taking precautions now will benefit you in the future, which will save you money in the future. As you save money for retirement, save for dental emergencies that you may not be able to afford.
- It improves your overall health: Keeping your smile healthy protects you from other illnesses, such as infections, heart failure, and a weak immune system.
- Your insurance situation might change: It is likely that your insurance benefits might change after retirement. If you care for your teeth now, you won’t have to worry about your dental benefits in your retirement age.
Here are some tips to follow in order to care for your teeth properly and reduce problems post-retirement:
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Schedule a routine checkup at least once a year. As you age, your dental checkups should increase bi-annually.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Unhealthy food is bad for your overall and dental health.
- Make your post-retirement dental game-plan. Save money for dental emergencies or make sure your dental insurance carries over to retirement.
While preparing for retirement, don’t overlook dental healthcare. You may end up paying more out of pocket than you thought and losing a healthy smile. For more information regarding age and oral health, contact Dr. Bruce Silva today.