12/7/2015 – Why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly

Dec 08, 2015 Comments Off by

Good dental hygiene is important to overall health, and chronic illnesses and medications can worsen oral health. Yet providing dental care to seniors is fraught with challenges. According to the American Dental Association, a fifth of people age 75 and older haven’t seen a dentist in the past five years.

Many older patients are resistant because of fear or years of neglect — or they have impaired cognitive skills and don’t understand the need. Others are not mobile enough to get to a dental office.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

Longevity News 2015

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