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July 10, 2014 12:43 ET

Don't Go 'Long in the Tooth'

:DentalPlans Offers Seniors an Insurance Alternative to Keep Their Gums & Teeth Healthy

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - July 10, 2014) - Experts always tell us that your mouth is more than just a pretty smile -- it's a gateway to your overall health. As people age, they become more susceptible to discolored, worn and missing teeth, as well as diseases that cause the gums to recede. Hence, the old adage, 'long in the tooth,' often used to describe maturing adults.

As bodies age, they develop a unique set of oral health needs. Without regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene, a number of problems can arise. Seniors are especially at risk for oral health problems. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, one in four seniors aged 65 and older have lost all of their teeth, and 44 percent of seniors living below the poverty line have no natural teeth left.

"Once again, we see access to quality, affordable dental care as an issue for Americans, this time our seniors," states Bob Harris, chief executive officer of :DentalPlans. "Medicare has never covered comprehensive dental care for seniors and the Affordable Care Act did nothing to address the lack of coverage. Dental savings plans provide an affordable, easy solution for seniors to get the care they need, to keep their healthy smile."

Older adults, ages 55+ are one of the fastest growing segments of the American population, and also the most at risk when it comes to dental outcomes. The senior population is expected to reach 72.1 million by 2030 according to the Administration on Aging. And only 2 percent of retirees have dental coverage through a prior employer, according to Oral Health America.

Dental savings plans provide programs that help individuals, families, and groups save on their dental care and other health-related services, with one low annual membership fee. Similar to a warehouse club, consumers pay an annual fee and get access to significantly reduced rates on dental services, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontia, as well as vision and prescriptions, depending on the plan they choose. Services may include annual cleanings, x-rays, crowns, root canals, and even cosmetic and orthodontic procedures, which are not typically covered by insurance.

The benefits of a dental savings plan include savings of 10 to 60 percent off what you would pay without a savings plan or insurance, no waiting to use your plan, no forms to file, no limit on how often you can use your plan, and offer an open enrollment. Even if you already have dental insurance, dental savings plans may be used along with your dental insurance for even more savings on your dental care, once your annual maximums have been met. Although these plans are not insurance, the savings can be significant. For example:

Example savings:
Plan: Careington Care 500 Series
Scenario: Two Adults and Two Dependent Children
Annual Family Membership Fee: $189.95

  Typical Dentist Sample Total Savings
  Fee Discounted Fee  
Routine 6 Month Check-up $73/person $19/person $216 for four
Adult Teeth Cleaning $122/adult $39/adult $166 for two
Child Teeth Cleaning $84/child $31/child $106 for two
Four Bitewing X-Rays $80/person $26/person $216 for four
Total Savings

Using the Careington Care 500 Series plan, which costs a low annual fee of $189.95, a family of four could save $704 just on their annual ADA recommended treatments alone. That's $514 in savings, when including the cost of the plan. And the savings can really add up when considering additional dental care that may be needed for you and your family, like sealants for children's teeth, crowns, braces, and more.

:DentalPlans has been providing dental savings plans since 1999. The company offers an extensive selection of comprehensive dental savings plans from the nation's most trusted networks, like Aetna and Careington, and more than 100,000 dentists to choose from nationwide. Participating dental specialists include orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, pediatric dentists, and general dentists. :DentalPlans also offers savings plans for vision, hearing, chiropractic, and pharmaceutical services.

About :DentalPlans

:DentalPlans has successfully been operating as a private exchange since 1999, as the largest dental savings plan marketplace. Similar to a membership at a warehouse club, consumers pay an annual fee and get access to reduced rates on dental services and cosmetic dentistry and orthodontia, as well as vision and pharmacy. Members can choose from more than 40 different plans from trusted health care brands, like Aetna, Careington, Signature Wellness, and UNI-CARE, and have access to more than 100,000 dentists in combined networks nationwide. :DentalPlans has affordable plans to fit any need and budget. And, depending on the plan you choose, consumers save 10 to 60 percent off services. Visitors of can compare plans by ZIP code or procedure, view sample savings and find a nearby dentist. :DentalPlans is committed to making you smile, by making access to quality oral health care affordable and available to everyone nationwide. It's one of the reasons the company has been on the Inc. 5000 list, 3 years standing. To connect with :DentalPlans visit us at or on Facebook at

Please note: The correct spelling of :DentalPlans includes the colon in front of the D and a capital P.

Contact Information

  • For more information: 
    Melissa Watkins
    Public Relations Counsel
    Office: 804-402-5316

    Kelly Cioe 
    Public Relations Counsel
    Office: 603-436-2347