Best Practice Approach: Improving the Oral Health of Older Adults

Poor oral health in older adults is a hidden crisis and an overlooked and pressing national concern. Neglected oral health not only affects the quality of life and well-being of older adults, it poses a significant burden on their families. Additionally, it has a negative impact on the economy and healthcare systems due to the pain and disability experienced by older adults and increased systemic health complications due to oral diseases.

Prioritizing oral health preventive initiatives for older adults is not just a health decision, but a strategic economic investment for the prosperity of the US.

This best practice report highlights the oral health needs of older adults and the consequences of failing to recognize oral health as pivotal to overall well-being. It outlines the prevailing challenges and presents comprehensive care solutions.

Click here to download the report from the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).