SOURCE: :DentalPlans.com, Inc.

:DentalPlans

September 02, 2014 13:00 ET

Keep Seniors Smiling on Grandparents' Day (& Every Day)

:DentalPlans Offers Tips to Keep Seniors' Teeth & Gums Healthy

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - September 02, 2014) - We want seniors to smile broadly on Grandparents' Day -- and every day! -- but, more importantly, their smiles should be healthy. Maintaining good oral health is important for seniors' improved overall health, as cavities and gum disease may contribute to more serious issues, including pain, infection, and disease. 

Some seniors have problems maintaining good oral hygiene because of lack of mobility or memory, which could lead to an increased risk of oral and overall health problems. Senior caretakers should keep a careful watch on seniors' oral health so any issues can be detected and treated early, before other, potentially serious health challenges develop. Oral health issues are common in older Americans: a quarter of seniors (25%) have lost all of their teeth, and nearly half (44%) of seniors living below the poverty line have no natural teeth left, according to the Kaiser family foundation. 

"It's essential for senior caregivers to keep a careful watch on seniors' oral health and hygiene, ensuring that a seemingly 'small' dental issue doesn't evolve into a much more serious health problem," said Bill Chase, :DentalPlans' VP of Marketing. "For some seniors, dexterity can greatly impact their ability to brush and floss properly, and in others, it can be mobility or memory that has a negative impact on their oral hygiene habits. Senior caregivers can assist seniors in maintaining their oral health, providing assistance with brushing as needed, checking the senior's mouth, teeth and gums regularly, scheduling dental checkups, and notifying their dentist or physician about any problems or changes."

:DentalPlans offers the following oral health tips for senior caregivers:

  • Check on the senior's mouth, teeth and gums regularly, as part of their overall healthcare and hygiene routine. Look for chapped lips, broken or missing teeth, and sore, swollen or bleeding gums.
  • Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and make sure the senior changes toothbrushes regularly -- ideally every two months.
  • Determine whether the senior still has the dexterity and ability to brush and floss their own teeth. If so, encourage them to keep up these healthy habits at least twice a day. If not, take over their brushing and flossing routine. It's often easiest to stand behind the senior for this process.
  • Complete periodic checks between dental visits to ensure the mouth, teeth and gums look healthy.
  • Ensure that the senior sees a dentist regularly.
  • Clean dentures daily using denture cleaner -- not toothpaste.
  • Participate in an Oral Health Care for seniors webinar to learn more about seniors' oral health. These free webinars are offered by the Department of Aging: http://seniorsoralhealth.org/health-and-social-service-providers/training/
  • Consider participating in a dental savings plan, which helps 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. 

:DentalPlans 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 DentalPlans.com 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 www.dentalplans.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalplans.

Contact Information

  • For more information:

    Melissa Watkins 
    Public Relations Counsel 
    Office: 804-402-5316 
    pr@dentalplans.com 
     
    Kelly Cioe
    Public Relations Counsel
    Office: 603-436-2347
    Kelly@whalenpr.com