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American Medicare And Dental Care

By Mark Patrick

How can American Medicare beneficiaries get good dental care? There are few benefits for this in their Medicare plans. But in my opion, good dental care is very important to keep people healthy and happy. How can we understand this issue?

It is very alarming to realize that traditional Medicare barely covers dental services at all. In the case of another illness or injury, some related dental care may be covered. But for the normal routine stuff that is so important, like filling cavities or cleaning teeth, there is no coverage.

This is a complicated and serious issue for many American seniors. In fact, experts estimate that 100 million Americans lack dental plans. Many of these are Medicare beneficiaries like seniors and disabled people.

In some cases, seniors do have dental care covered. They may belong to a Medicare Advantage plan with some benefits. Or they may have a health or dental plan from a job they retired from.

If you are not sure what benefits you have, is a great resource. It is actually run by CMS which oversees everything. They have a lot of online information, plus toll free phone numbers to call. You can also call your current supplemental insurance carrier with your questions.

There are some options for Medicare beneficiaries to get dental. You can consider private dental insurance, a discount dental plan, or community resouces. There may be low income dental clinics in your area. is a great resource to begin looking for this sort of help! Dental insurance can come with an expensive premium, and it still may have deductibles and copays. Dental discount plans have low monthly rates, but are not insurance. Community resources may be great if you can find them in your own area. You will have to come up with a solution that works for a person like you.

Read up on Medicare Dental Benefits. You can find out more about Medcare supplements or Medicare Advantage.

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