How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of the 65+ population? The team at Mark A. Miely DDS in Upper Arlington has one of those good news/bad news answers.
The Good News:
The rate of decay in the elderly has decreased in the past thirty years.
The Bad News:
25% of persons age 65+ have no remaining teeth
Nearly 20% have untreated tooth decay
10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance
Clearly, there is room for improvement. What important factors will improve the oral health of age 65+ Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three needed components:
- Improved oral health education for the elderly
- Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
- Increased access to dental care
At Mark A. Miely DDS, we are dedicated to providing all our patients with comprehensive oral health education and attentive care they need. We want them to not only have a healthy smile, but a beautiful one as well.
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