Unfortunately, as the human body ages, certain issues like diabetes, heart complications, and other illnesses require individuals to take a variety of prescription drugs for treatment. Declining oral health is often a byproduct of these illnesses and constant use of medications. Individuals over the age of 65 are usually retired but don’t have dental benefits or enough in retirement funds to pay for consistent dental health care.
Sadly, 30 percent of elderly adults have untreated cavities and missing teeth. Over time, the nerves in the teeth decrease, which make the teeth less sensitive to developing cavities and other issues. Therefore, it’s common for elderly adults not to notice when they’re suffering from oral complications until it’s too late to rectify the issue. Nearly 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 also suffer from periodontal disease, which is can lead to or be a byproduct of respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and heart problems.
Because individuals over the age of 65 are more prone to suffer from dental issues, it’s necessary for them to receive the oral health care they need in order to still enjoy their lives. Poor oral health can affect one’s confidence, cause poor diet, and even lead to depression. If one is suffering from tooth loss and tooth aches, it’s more difficult for them to enjoy nutritious food or even to be social with family and friends.
Certain state and federal laws regarding Medicaid don’t make it any easier for people over the age of 65 to receive the proper care they need. However, there are some dental coverage benefits depending on each individual’s needs. For example, Medicaid will cover a certain percentage of dental care if the treatment is deemed medically necessary to treat other life-threatening health issues.
In order to qualify to apply for Medicaid, individuals must be either over the age of 64, be pregnant or have children under the age of 18, be disabled or blind, or have an immediate family member who is disabled or blind. Individuals must also be U.S. citizens and be considered low income.
To apply, individuals can go to the Covered California website online and submit an application.
At McBride Dental, we offer dental services for individuals with Medicaid and other types of insurances. We understand how essential it is for individuals no matter their age or financial status to receive proper oral health care. We offer preventative care services to help our patients enjoy lifelong healthy teeth and gums. We even offer specific treatment services for individuals who may be currently suffering from specific issues, such as tooth loss, gum disease, or cavities. We also offer certain cosmetic services to aesthetically enhance the teeth, such as tooth whitening services and clear aligners. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment at our office, call (760) 471-1003 today.