ADA News: Experts Discuss Oral Health Disparities, Issues Affecting Older Americans

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October 21, 2016

Washington — The ADA National Elder Care Advisory Committee hosted a special Elder Oral Health Meeting Oct. 13, bringing together a variety of policy and advocacy experts to discuss the future of oral health for older Americans.

“For many low income adults, and especially low income older adults, good oral health has been considered less important than the health of other parts of our bodies. Yet we know that good oral health is vital to having good overall health, being able to socialize with others and having productive lives,” said Dr. Paul Glassman, NECAC chair and professor at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. “This meeting was the beginning of a dialogue that will be critical in the coming years if we are to collectively address the many issues facing older adults in supporting and maintaining their oral health.”

Please read the full article in ADA News.