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Why Dental Care for Seniors?
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Poor oral health is an epidemic and public health crisis for seniors in the United States. If improvements in access, affordability, education and awareness do not occur, oral disease and related health issues will become an increasingly prevalent and costly public health issue for our aging population. As oral health is inextricably linked to our overall health and well-being, establishing and maintaining good oral healthcare is critical to successful aging.

3 out of 4 low-income adults see tooth loss being inevitable as they age

With proper home care and access to dental services, loosing teeth as we age is completely preventable. At the Senior Dental Center, we not only provide access to affordable oral healthcare but also educate seniors on how best to take care of their teeth and gums at home.

Only 26% of seniors have seen a dentist in the past year

Dental professionals recommend regular checkups at least once a year to look for early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Older adults are at increased risk for these conditions, making dental visits integral to maintaining their overall health and well-being.

96% of seniors, 65 and older, have tooth decay, for which 1 in 5 goes untreated

Untreated tooth decay can lead to a host of other problems including increased sensitivity, pain, and infections that can spread to other parts of the body.

STATE OF THE SITUATION
With Age Comes a Mouthful of Trouble

Cost is a major barrier for seniors to get the oral healthcare they need. But innovative efforts to bring dental care to older adults can help!

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Keeping Up With Dental Care Challenging for Many Seniors
LEGISLATION

Learn about how we address senior oral healthcare concerns while increasing access to affordable dental care.

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A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old
ISSUE

A California Report on the Oral Health of Older Adults

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Crippling Tooth Pain a Reality for Too Many Denti-Cal Recipients
ADVOCACY

Dr. Becerra explains the importance of strengthening the Denti-Cal system and urges readers to contact their state legislators to advocate for better access to care for seniors.

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Oral Health in Older Patients: A Job for Primary Care?
POLICY

The role of family care doctors in addressing poor oral health is no more critical than among older Americans, specifically lower-income seniors, a group particularly hard hit by oral health issues.

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