Times of San Diego: Senior Dental Health Is a Hidden Crisis – Here Are 5 Preventative Measures

By: Dr. Karen Becerra

The stats are alarming: Nearly 1 in 5 seniors over the age of 65 have no teeth, 2 in 3 have gum disease, and 1 in 5 have untreated cavities. Dental health is a hidden health crisis for seniors in our community which has far-reaching impacts on their overall wellness.

Studies have shown there is also a significant link between poor oral health and diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory infections, malnutrition, and even social isolation. Lack of access to basic oral care can cause seniors to neglect their teeth, and Medicare does not currently cover dental care. Additionally, most older adults take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, many of which can cause dry mouth which can increase the risk of cavities.

At the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, we are dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality oral healthcare with comprehensive education, clinical and wellness services for seniors, enabling them to live healthy and productive lives.

To bring awareness to the importance of dental care for seniors, here are five ways for seniors to keep their dental health in check:

  1. Brush and floss daily
  2. visit your dentist regularly
  3. Refrain from tobacco and alcohol
  4. Eat and drink right
  5. When you have pain, go to your dentist

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