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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Continued good oral health care – from daily brushing and flossing to regular dental visits – will help the older adult keep a healthy smile, and can also contribute to good overall health.

The link between good oral health and good overall health is strong. The U.S. Surgeon General and numerous health associations continue to spread the message that “oral health is essential to general health and well-being.”


Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Periodontal (gum) disease or tooth decay (cavities) are the most frequent causes of tooth loss. Older Americans continue to experience dental decay on the crowns of teeth (coronal caries) and on tooth roots (because of gum recession). In fact, older adults may have new tooth decay at higher rates than children.

Severity of periodontal (gum) disease increases with age. About 23 percent of (More)

Understanding Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

  • Daily Oral Hygiene Routine
  • Nutrition and Oral Health of the Older Adult
  • Oral Health - Tobacco Use and Oral Cancer
  • Watch Your Mouth!
  • Dentures
  • Dry Mouth
  • Mouth Power Online (Website)

  • Commonly Asked Questions

  • Alcohol-Free Toothpaste
  • Can I Stop a Decayed Tooth From Hurting?
  • Can Loose Dentures Be Refitted?
  • Dental Decay and Pain
  • Implants vs. Root Canals: Which is Better?
  • Is There a Way to Coat Dentures to Prevent Allergic Reactions?
  • Is There Pain Relief For Chronic Sore Gums Under Dentures?
  • My Tooth is Temperature Sensitive: Can I Avoid the Dentist?
  • Removing Dentures
  • Tooth Decay and Medications
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    Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016