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Oral Health and Older Adults


  • Oral health has been called "a window into your overall health" because it can impact your general health and disease (Mayo Clinic, 2019).
  • It's important to maintain the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums at any age, but particularly when you are older.
  • Chronic health conditions can affect oral health, such as diabetes or a weakened immune system (CDC, 2020). 
  • Since Medicare does not cover routine dental care most older adults do not have dental insurance (CDC, 2019).
  • Many older adults are unable to access basic preventive dental care and treatment to keep their teeth and mouths healthy (Pew Research Trust, 2016).
  • Caregivers and older adults can find the resources and information they need to connect with appropriate oral health supports and services.

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