For those of you nearing retirement (and eagerly awaiting it) - congratulations! When you’re this close to that kind of unstructured time, it might seem perfectly reasonable to put some things off until it arrives - like time-consuming dental work, for example. Counter-intuitive though it may seem, the years before you retire are actually a perfect time to take care of your oral health, for 3 key reasons:
Possibly the most obvious reason to knock out proactive dental treatment comes when you have dental insurance through your employer. Large companies especially tend to have solid benefits, offering you anywhere from $500 to $3000 a year in reimbursement for various dental procedures. Not sure if you fall into this category? Our admin team can help you establish if you have any benefits of which you should take advantage!
We’ve covered the link between oral health and general health before, and the evidence to support this connection just keeps growing. Poor oral health has documented links to Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, not to mention general nutrition. As with any condition, this becomes harder to manage as you age without a foundation of good care.
Treatment now means less treatment later
At Strobel Dentistry, we pride ourselves on conservative care - that is, we don’t want to do anything unnecessarily and aim to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. But that doesn’t mean we don’t understand the value of proactive treatment! Electing to take care of small things now- while your body is better able to regenerate and you potentially have dental benefits to use- will prevent more complex treatment later. A well timed filling replacement, night guard, or orthodontic course could easily prevent future crowns, root canals, or extractions/implants.
Above all else, we hope you’re sticking to your regular hygiene therapy visits with us (or whichever provider you choose). Talk to your dentist about what treatment options are right for you today!