Oral Health and Older Americans – A Santa Fe Group Position Paper

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By 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65, with a longer life expectancy and a dynamic balance between oral and systemic health. Only a limited proportion of these older adults will have the resources to maintain good oral health throughout life. A rigorous review of existing literature on aging, oral health, and access to care was conducted to identify barriers and propose solutions to promote the oral health of older Americans.