Retirement is a time to relax and return to the hobbies and skills that make you happy. While exploring new interests, it is important to keep your physical health and oral health a top priority.
Individual Dental Coverage for Retirement
One aspect of retirement you may not have considered is losing employer-sponsored dental benefits. You’ve maintained a healthy smile for years – just because you’re retiring doesn’t mean you need to retire your oral health! So what options are out there for when dental benefits through an employer are no longer an option?
Most Americans lose dental coverage after retirement. Many people defer to Medicare for their health coverage in retirement. However, basic Medicare only covers dental procedures if you need an oral exam in the hospital. Even then, there are further stipulations.
Options for individual dental plans
If you’re looking for coverage that closely matches what you previously received from your employer, check out our individual and family dental plans. We offer affordable dental benefits directly to individuals who are looking for dental coverage outside of an employer. If you want to continue maintaining your oral health, individual dental plans will give you access to a large network of dentists and the coverage you need for a healthy smile.
Oral health is important after retirement
Maintaining good oral health is important as you age because your mouth changes as you get older. About a quarter of adults 65 and older haven’t seen the dentist in the past five years. That means thousands of older adults are missing valuable cleanings and oral health exams. Regular dental exams and cleanings allow trained professionals to ensure problems like oral cancer or tooth decay aren’t developing.
Remember, your oral health is still important after you retire. Good oral health routines and regular dentist visits (twice a year) help you stay healthy even after losing employer-sponsored benefits. Check out Delta Dental of Idaho’s Individual dental plans to see which one’s right for you.
*Updated August 2022