The CDC reports that more than 25 percent of those over age 65 have lost some of their teeth due to oral hygiene problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Clinics are making an effort to prevent these problems in adults by providing free dental care.
The Morning Star Publishing Company reports that the Traverse Health Clinic in Traverse City, Michigan currently provides oral care services to more than 500 adults. Rene Louchart, the clinic's director, told the newspaper that 15.1 percent of individuals in that area do not have medical insurance and the amount of overall people who do not receive the care they need is more than double that number.
Volunteer dentists at the clinic provide sets of dentures, fillings, and exams to their adult patients. Individuals who receive the care can go on a payment plan to cover the charge for services or volunteer their time within the area if they cannot afford the cost.
Those who may not be able to afford insurance can seek low-cost dental care. Discount dental plans provide affordable plans for individuals and families.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.
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