When Medicare doesn't cover dental care, how do patients cover costs?

A recent National Poll on Health Aging survey, found 51 percent of adults ages 50-to 64-years don't know how they'll obtain dental insurance once they reach 65-years. With Medicare not coving routine dental care, many people who stop going to the dentist, according to the Washington Post.

Here's what you need to know.

1. The NPHA found 41 percent of people felt they had very good or excellence oral health. Additionally, more than 25 percent had delayed or skipped needed dental care in the past two years.

2. Of the patients who skipped dental treatment, 69 percent reported the cost of care was a major barrier.

3. Although Medicare doesn't provide dental insurance, people can look into plans available through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Veterans can also buy dental insurance at a reduced cost.

4. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the number one strategy dentists recommend to cut dental costs. Patients can also routinely look up low cost care within their community.

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