FRISCO, Texas, Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On October 15th, open enrollment for Medicare will begin. Thousands of Texans will once again face the challenge of finding the right Medicare coverage, including the need to decide between Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. While the primary focus will be on medical and prescription coverage, it is important not to ignore the potential impact of dental coverage.
Most Medicare participants fail to understand Medicare does not include routine, preventive dental procedures that are critical to longevity and overall health. Currently, Medicare benefits only apply to surgical dental procedures carried out in hospitals. As a result, seniors must either pay for dental services completely out-of-pocket or try to find a Medicare supplement that provides high-quality, affordable and accessible dental care.
Unfortunately, this is extremely difficult. Most Medicare dental supplements are low-cost and poorly designed. In addition, these plans have very limited networks of inexperienced dentists.
“This is one of the primary reasons we created our Dental Membership Plan,” commented Dr. Faizan Ali of Plush Dentistry. He continued, “My parents and their friends were struggling to find dentists with the experience and knowledge to take care of their unique needs. If they did, the care was extremely expensive. A Dental Membership offers the best of both worlds – friendly, personalized care at a predictable, monthly fee.”
Furthermore, the negative impact of poor dental care on the overall health of seniors can be significant. A range of statistics tell the story:
- Only 29% of seniors have dental coverage.
- 1 in 5 adults aged 65 or older have no natural teeth remaining, and complete tooth loss becomes twice as prevalent by age 75.
- People who still have 20 or more teeth at age 70 are significantly more likely to have a longer lifespan than those with fewer teeth.
- 70% of adults over the age of 65 have advanced periodontitis. This is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
- In Texas, nearly 4 million senior citizens struggle with periodontal disease – a disease that has been strongly linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other serious conditions.
While Dental Membership Plans have existed for more than 20 years, most patients are unaware of this option. At the same time, ease of use and enrollment are two of the most significant benefits. Other facts to know about the Plush Dental Membership Plan include:
- All, routine preventive care is included at a fixed cost of $30 per month.
- Benefits are available immediately without any waiting period.
- There are no annual limits, deductibles or co-pays.
- A 20% discount is available on all other dental procedures done in the practice.
- Dental implants, dentures, veneers and teeth whitening are included.
As seniors consider the benefits of a Dental Membership plan, it is important to keep a couple of dates in mind. Open enrollment for Medicare starts on October 15, 2021, and ends December 7, 2021. This is the time to drop an existing dental supplement that is not working and to enroll in a better form of coverage. Families interested in learning more should feel free to contact Plush Dentistry via their website or by calling 469-850-0786.
Dr. Faizan Ali
5285 Dallas Pkwy #515
Frisco, TX 75034
Taylor Dybwad, Client Relations
2100 North Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080
SOURCE Plush Dentistry