Seniors Do Not Get Enough Dental Care

Julia Little  |  November 9, 2011

Seniors in Ontario, Canada, do not see the dentist as often as they should, and the same may be true for older adults everywhere.

According to a recent study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital, Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences, 45 percent of Ontatio citizens who were 65 years and older did not see a dentist in the last year.

Principal investigator Dr. Arlene Bierman says that poor dental health can contribute to many serious health conditions.

"Poor oral health can contribute to many serious medical conditions and affect a person's ability to chew and digest food properly, leading to inadequate nutrition," she said.

The researchers said that the results of the study show a need to "rethink" the services provided to seniors, according to Canadian Broadcasting Company.

The findings about dental health are part of a larger report on women's health in Ontario called POWER (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report), which also notes that less than 45 percent of older adults who participated in the survey took steps to improve their overall health in the previous year.  

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