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Housebound elderly may need access to dental care
Updated: 1/1/2013 5:57:30 AM

Housebound elderly may need access to dental care  Visiting a dentist is an important part of keeping teeth healthy, particularly for older adults. According to AgedCare.com, while many people believe that gum disease, dry mouth and tooth decay are natural parts of aging, they don't have to be if individuals regularly get dental work done. However, not all elderly individuals are capable of making it to the dentist.

For example, DentistryIQ.com recently spoke to Nigel Carter, D.D.S., chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, who said that a study recently determined that many housebound elderly individuals have oral health problems because they do not visit the dentist regularly.

"Elderly people have some very specific dental needs. If these needs aren't met and become neglected, you will see the types of problems witnessed in the study, most notably increased tooth mobility, which will eventually lead to losing teeth," Carter told Dentistry IQ.

These findings highlight the importance of making sure that all individuals have access to affordable dental care. This suggests that there may be a need for more programs that provide elderly individuals with transportation to dental health professionals. 

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