As we age, issues that affect our mouth can increase or worsen. So, it’s especially important to be aware of conditions associated with aging that can impact oral health. We hope this website, which is sponsored by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, gives you valuable information and the resources you need to maintain a healthy mouth, teeth and gums – and to live a healthier life – as the years go by.
- Poor dental health impacts overall health and increases the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
- There were over 830,000 visits to emergency departments across the country for preventable dental conditions in 2009 – up 16 percent since 2006.
- About 75 percent of people ages 60+ have only some of their natural teeth.
- Nearly 23 percent of adults ages 65-74 have severe gum disease.
- Dry mouth (reduction in saliva production), often caused by prescription and over-the-counter medications, is a problem for 30 percent of older adults. It contributes to significant tooth decay and gum disease.