Did you know...
30% of older adults have untreated tooth decay
25% of older adults between 65 and 74 have serious gum disease called periodontitis
Almost 30% of older adults lose their teeth
Losing your teeth is not part of aging
Good oral health plays a key role in:
Poor oral health has been linked to:
As we age it becomes more likely we will be taking more medications. Many medications can have a negative effect on our oral health. High blood pressure medication, antidepressants, and allergy medication can lead to dry mouth. People suffering from dry mouth have less saliva in their mouths leading to an increase in cavities, burning mouth or tongue, difficulty swallowing and eating. In addition, there can be an increase in the amount of plaque buildup leading to red, swollen gums and a greater risk of gum disease.
Many seniors have decreased dexterity and difficulty holding objects due to arthritis, reduced muscle control, or loss of memory. This reduced dexterity makes daily oral care more difficult. Modifications to toothbrushes, such as larger toothbrush handles, using an electric toothbrush, floss holders, or assistance from a caregiver may be necessary to improve oral care.