A Tender Touch Senior Placement – Importance of oral health in the aging population

By Connie De La Rosa

Taking care of ourselves, especially as we age, in all aspects whether it is in exercise, being active in the community to maintain social interaction, or regular doctor visits is more vital. Today, there are many educational classes and outreach programs that assist in making better choices for a much more healthy life style.

“As the percentage of older adults continues to increase, we can observe that they are also keeping their teeth much longer than previous decades” states Dental Hygienst Nena S. Casillas.   Keeping teeth longer also means an increase in periodontal disease, worn and deteriorated dental restorations, and cavities. Maintaining a regular oral care routine with a dentist or dental hygienist can help prevent some of the expected oral health problems.

Medical studies and research have shown that bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart and lung diseases, diabetes, pneumonia, and other health problems. An RDHAP (Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice/Mobile Dental Hygienist-accepts Medi-Cal and most insurances) can help start a dental hygiene program for a Skilled Nursing Facility, Intermediate Care Facility, and private homes.   RDHAP services can help prevent health problems that are caused by dental plaque and calculus. Therefore, the overall health of a person may be enhanced with improved oral health.

For more information , please call 200-7756.

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