“Only 12 Percent of Elders Have Dental Coverage” – Time Goes By: What it’s really like to get old

This article at Time Goes By is a spot 0n article about a situation that faces many older persons: Dental Care and affordability.

Read the article; click here: http://www.timegoesby.net/weblog/2017/02/only-12-percent-of-elders-have-dental-coverage.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimeGoesBy+%28TIME+GOES+BY%29

Be sure to read the comments following the article, too.

older-americans-dentalClick here or on the graphic above to read this brief about the critical nature of the affordability and availability of dental care for older Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “Older Americans make up a growing percentage of the U.S. population; according to the 2000 U.S. Census, nearly 35 million are 65 years or older. By 2050, that number is expected to increase to 48 million. Oral diseases and conditions are common among these Americans who grew up without the benefit of community water fluoridation and other fluoride products.

“Older Americans with the poorest oral health are those who are economically disadvantaged, lack insurance, and are members of racial and ethnic minorities. Being disabled, homebound, or institutionalized also increases the risk of poor oral health.

“Many older Americans do not have dental insurance. Often these benefits are lost when they retire. The situation may be worse for older women, who generally have lower incomes and may never have had dental insurance.”

Click here to continue reading this article at the CDC Website.

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