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Dental health important for seniors
Updated: 5/25/2010 3:00:27 PM

Dental health important for seniors Many dental health problems can jeopardize the overall health of both children and adults. However, seniors are at particular risk for developing serious oral issues.

Studies have shown a link between oral health and many of the more serious diseases commonly suffered by seniors, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Nutrition is also extremely important for seniors, and is a key factor in maintaining a healthy smile.

Dr Lawrence Singer, chairman of the Connecticut State Dental Association's Committee on Issues of Older Americans, said seniors will often become less interested in their oral hygiene, but that this could put a strain on the healthcare system. If seniors are forced to seek treatment in emergency rooms for preventable dental conditions, the cost of care goes up for everyone.

“We know that oral health is vital for overall health, but unfortunately many people become more lax about their oral healthcare and maintenance as they age, when, if anything, they need to be even more diligent," he said.

Fortunately, there are many discount dental plans available for seniors without dental insurance that can help them seek treatment from dentists at little cost.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

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