Oral Health for Older Adults

It is important to take care of your oral health at every stage in life. If you do not take care of your teeth, you can be at risk for certain disease such as cavities or gum disease (periodontal disease). These diseases can lead to other health issues if not taken care of. Below are some tips for taking care of your whether you have teeth or use dentures.

Do you wear dentures?

Remember, it is important to visit the dentist even if you do not have teeth or if you have dentures. Avoid smoking or vaping and limit alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks. Drinking plenty of water instead of sugary drinks can help stop tooth decay. Click here for more denture care information.

Medi-Cal Dental Benefits

As of May 1, 2022, adults 50 years of age or older who are currently enrolled in restricted scope Medi-Cal (often called Emergency Medi-Cal) are eligible for full scope Medi-Cal benefits. Immigration status does not matter, but all other Medi-Cal eligibility rules still apply. 

  • Dental exams (every 12 months)
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleaning (every 12 months)
  • Scaling and root planning
  • Fluoride varnish (every 12 months)
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root canals
  • Partial and full dentures
  • Denture relines
  • Tooth removal
  • Emergency services

Do you have Dentures?

Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.