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Georgia Regents University aims to improve the dental health of the elderly
Updated: 6/19/2013 12:15:00 PM

Georgia Regents University aims to improve the dental health of the elderly

Elderly individuals have an increased risk of experiencing dental problems. According to WebMD, advanced age puts people at risk of experiencing darkened teeth, dry mouth, root decay, gum disease and a number of other oral health problems. This is why it's so important to encourage older people to purchase discount dental plans to help them gain access to a dentist on a regular basis to help them avoid these issues. 

Recently, Dentistry IQ published an article about what is being done to help protect the teeth of elderly Americans. According to the news source, the cartoon description of grandma and grandpa taking out their teeth may be a comical one - but it actually highlights a serious problem. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that an estimated 25 percent of Americans over age 60 have none of their natural teeth, which is something that needs to change. 

What is being done?
According to Dentistry IQ, dental health experts have been working to improve the teeth of elderly Americans. For example, Georgia Regents University's College of Dental Medicine has a student organization called "Dentists for Della," which is named for the late Victor Della-Guistina, D.D.S., who was a founding faculty member of the College of Dental Medicine. The group aims to work with elderly individuals in nursing homes to make sure they have the dental care they need and that their teeth are in good shape. 

The news source pointed out that this program could not be named after a better man.

"[Della] represents the epitome of what public health and dental health, oral health is all about," College of Dental Medicine Dean Connie Drisko, D.D.S., told Word of Mouth, the college's magazine. "At the same time, he was a terrific role model for both our students and for the faculty because he was so very dedicated to public health and community health and really set a high-bar example for both the students and the faculty when he was associated with this school." 

However, there are elderly people in places other than Georgia who are still struggling to get the dental care they need. These individuals need to look into discount dental plans, which cost about $100 a year to join and will connect them to dentists who may provide care for up to 60 percent off. This will help substantially reduce the costs of regular checkups. 

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