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Proper dental care could be just as important for senior citizens
Updated: 10/7/2010 7:00:33 PM

Proper dental care could be just as important for senior citizens Organizations are boosting their efforts to help individuals who are in need of oral care receive proper treatment. For example, the Bay Area House Call Dentists (HCD), which is part of the Blende Dental Group (BDG) in San Francisco, travels to the homes of senior citizens to provide dental services.

Patients who are part of the HCD program receive exams and x-rays, as well as pain relief treatment. The visiting dentists also provide denture fittings and scan for numerous health issues, including tooth decay, infection and signs of oral cancer.

At the end of each visit, the team of HCD prepares reports for the treated individuals, which note any dental health conditions that were discovered through the checkups. The patients will also receive follow-up instructions and options.

David Blende, head of BDG, said that the team understands that "many of the families of the seniors we see will not be able to afford a comprehensive dental treatment plan, much as they wish they could."

Families of senior citizens could seek low-cost coverage so that potential health risks, such as gum disease, may be prevented. Discount dental plans provide affordable plans for individuals and their families.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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