Seniors (55+)

Your dentist is your biggest ally when it comes to good oral health. Regular dental visits keep your gums and teeth strong and give your dentist a chance to learn about your overall health.

No matter your age, you can keep your gums and teeth healthy, strong and pain-free. As an older adult, you are prone to gum disease and other oral health problems, but by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly, you can lower your risk. Medi‑Cal will pay up to $1,800 in a year for covered dental services. You may qualify for no yearly limit. Even if you have Medicare or Medicare Advantage, Medi-Cal can cover dental benefits not covered by Medicare. Please visit “About the Medi‑Cal Dental Program” to find out more. The Medi‑Cal Dental Program provides the following free or low-cost services for seniors:

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

*Crowns on molars or premolars (back teeth) may be covered in some cases.

It is important to work closely with your dentist to make sure your teeth are healthy.

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