We all strive for good health in our golden years. Yet as we age, our risk for oral disease increases. Gum disease is an infection in the mouth which is linked to other serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Some of the most common medicines and treatments that older adults need to stay healthy cause dry mouth, which can quickly lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
Too many older adults have difficulty eating the foods they need for good health, some isolate themselves because they are embarrassed, and sadly some even say, “I don’t ever smile anymore.” Change is needed to ensure good oral health for a lifetime.
Good oral health and preventing oral disease are especially critical because every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 and basic Medicare doesn’t include dental care. Even if you’re not yet 65, it’s vital to:
That’s why we:
Learn more about oral health for older adults at SeniorsOralHealth.org.
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