Dec 31

The Importance of Senior Dental Hygiene

By MD for Seniors

A smile tells a story and lights up a room, but sadly, many seniors are afraid to show theirs because of poor dental health. According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, 75 percent of people age 60 and older have only some of their natural teeth, and nearly 23 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have severe gum disease.

For seniors in nursing homes or undergoing long hospital stays, poor dental hygiene is even more common. Because of staffing shortages at nursing homes and care facilities, many seniors do not receive adequate dental care, according to Oral …read more

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