Nursing Home Tooth Decay Should Not Have to Wait Another Day
|Presenter: Sonya Dunbar, RDH||Release Date: 4/30/20|
|Credits: 1 CEU||Reviewed: 2023 Expiration Date: 4/30/26|
|AGD Subject Code: 750|
|CE Supporter: VOCO America|
By 2060, according to the US Census, the number of US adults aged 65 years or older is expected to reach 98 million, 24% of the overall population. Older Americans with the most inadequate oral health tend to be those who are economically disadvantaged, lack insurance, and are members of racial and ethnic minorities. Being disabled, homebound, or seniors that live in nursing homes. Studies have shown 18% of seniors 65 and older have untreated decay. Some people wonder why their suddenly getting cavities when you haven't had them in years. As we get older, we enter the second round of cavity prone years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side-effect of more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. A few of the culprits behind adult cavities are receding gums and failed fillings. For older adults in nursing homes, the main culprit is access to care.
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