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Dental problems are among the most common health problems experienced by older adults. In fact, people over 65 with natural teeth have more tooth decay than any other age group and thus continue to need a yearly visit to the dentist.
The following online resources provide access to reliable information about dental health issues in seniors:
Eldercare at Home: Dental Problems
There are five dental problems common among older persons: Dental Decay, Gum Disease, Poor Fitting Dentures, Dry Mouth and Oral Cancer. Information from HealthinAging.org
Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
Healthy teeth and gums make it easy for you to eat well and enjoy good food. Several problems can affect the health of your mouth, but good care should keep your teeth and gums strong as you age. Information from the National Institute on Aging.
Periodontal disease increases with age, 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease. Information from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The Importance Of Oral Health For Older Adults
Around 75 percent of adults 60 and older only have a portion of their original teeth. We all only get one set of permanent teeth, so it's crucial to take care of them for our entire lives. Information from Colgate.com and the Colgate-Palmolive Company.