An Oral Health Epidemic in Seniors Too Easily Dismissed

Shelley Lyford, Contributor

One of the biggest public health threats facing seniors is staring us right in the face, yet it’s hiding in plain sight. One needs only to look into the faces of older Americans to know what I’m talking about. You can see it in their smiles, or perhaps more accurately, you can see it in their lack of smiles.

Millions of people 65 and older are living with untreated cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, oral pain, and tooth loss due to limited or no access to basic dental care. These dental issues make it difficult for seniors to eat, chew and speak, and the impact on overall general health and well-being is significant.

Please click here to read Shelley’s full blog in The Huffington Post.