Senior Dentistry

Associated Dentists cares deeply about our seniors, some of whom have grown with us through the years and with whom we share many fond memories.

As with any other stage of life, seniors need to be aware of their oral health, particularly because with age comes increased risks of chronic health conditions. These conditions can make seniors more susceptible to oral conditions or diseases.

Senior Dentistry

Common oral health problems among seniors that
Associated Dentists can treat, include:

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Untreated Tooth Decay

According to statistics cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 96% of adults 65 years old and older have had a cavity, and one in five have untreated tooth decay.

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Tooth Loss

It’s important to address teeth that need to be removed or that have already been lost. Missing teeth or wearing dentures can impact the types of foods people eat. In such cases, easily chewed foods that may not always be healthy are chosen instead of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Gum Disease

About two in three, or 68% of those 65 and older have gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, inflammation caused by gum disease increases the risk of heart disease and can also worsen certain heart conditions. Research also indicates that gum disease may be associated with a higher risk of stroke.

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Oral Cancer

According to statistics cited by the CDC, older adults – those aged 62 and older – are most likely to be diagnosed with cancers of the mouth.

While age alone is not a significant or sole factor determining one’s oral health, certain medical conditions associated with aging can play an impactful role. For example, arthritis in the hands and fingers can make brushing and flossing teeth difficult. Similarly, prescribed drugs can impact oral health and could require changes in one’s regular dental treatment.


Daily brushing and flossing of one’s natural teeth are essential to maintaining good oral health to avoid buildup of plaque that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition to brushing and flossing, antibacterial mouthwash can reduce levels of harmful bacteria that cause plaque. Also, most sources of tap water contain fluoride, which is beneficial to maintaining good oral health. Drinking water also helps avoid or relieve “dry mouth,” which can cause tooth decay.

Seniors form a distinct patient population for the provision of dental care. Associated Dentists has experienced dental care providers that are able to provide high-level and personable care.

A senior’s oral health is often a reflection of their overall wellbeing and the senior population is at greater risk of oral conditions because of systemic diseases and functional changes that take place as one gets older. That’s why it’s important to have a dental provider who understands the needs of senior patients, including their individual feelings and attitudes.


According to new research produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 47% of Medicare beneficiaries (nearly 24 million people) do not have any dental coverage. The research also indicates that almost half of Medicare beneficiaries did not visit a dentist in the past year.


Associated Dentists works hard to make its services available and accessible to as broad a segment of the population as possible, this includes seniors.

Up until recently, seniors have been limited with their dental coverage through Medicare. Medicare Advantage is known as Medicare Part C, and includes additional services, such as dental, that Medicare Part A and B do not. Even though Medicare Part C is not new, it has evolved and become more affordable over time.

In order to qualify for Medicare Part C, in general, a person must already be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. They must also live in an area served by an insurer that offers a Medicare Advantage Part C plan with the needed coverage.

If you qualify for Medicare and need dental insurance, a Medicare Advantage plan with dental benefits may be an option worth considering. Be sure to ask about annual maximums, waiting periods, and deductibles when choosing a plan. For example, it is important to note that a dental insurance plan deductible does not work the same as a health or auto insurance deductible. The dental plan deductible, typically anywhere from $25 to $100, must be paid out of pocket by the patient before the annual maximum available will be applied to treatment costs. It is also helpful to know the difference between preventative and comprehensive dental coverage. Some plans may only offer coverage for routine exams and cleanings, which would be considered preventive only. Comprehensive coverage may include a combination of services such as fillings, extractions, root canals, crown, bridges, and dentures.

We are currently in network with multiple Medicare Advantage plans, such as Cigna, United Healthcare, and Humana.

Our staff is always ready to answer questions. Please contact us at Madison (608) 729-7850 or Verona (608) 260-7488 if you would like more information about our dental services for seniors.