Contributing Factors to Poor Dental Health in Seniors


Some alarming statistics have recently come to light on the subject of dental health and seniors. Approximately 23 % of 65 to 74-year-olds have severe periodontal disease. Only 62.4 % of adults aged 65 and over have had a dental visit within the past year. Of Americans age 65 and older, 43 % have lost six or more teeth. These are statistics that cannot be ignored, especially if you have a senior family member. Here are some of the contributing factors to poor dental health in seniors:

Acceptance

Many seniors have lulled themselves into believing that their poor dental health is a condition of age; that they have little or even no control over it. However, for a lot of seniors, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Simply accepting poor dental health as a normal part of aging can cause seniors to lose ground when it comes to their oral health.

Decreased Physical Abilities

Whether it is a lack of physical abilities that prevented your senior family member from making it to the dentist as often as they should, or from performing proper brushing and flossing, these decreased abilities can have a significant impact on their oral health.

Inadequate Nutrition

Most seniors know that proper nutrition is important for their overall health. However, they may not realize that eating the right nutrients can also improve their oral health. Your senior family member may not be eating as nutritiously as they should or could due to lack of financial resources or even an inability to stand up for long periods of time for meal preparation and cooking. A caregiver from Always Best Care can help correct these issues by helping your senior loved ones select and prepare nutritious foods that fall within their budgets.

The Senior Care Charleston SC Trusts

Always Best Care provides the elderly care Charleston SC residents trust. We provide compassionate care that aims to meet all of our client’s needs, whether it is help with oral care, assistance to prepare nutritional meals, or simply providing companionship. When it comes to in-home care Charleston SC seniors know that they can count on the ABC team.

To find out more about the best assisted living Charleston SC offers, contact Always Best Care today. You can schedule a free care consultation by calling owner Ryan Dobbins at (843) 647-6402 or by email at [email protected].

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