A new study, in the European Geriatric Medicine journal, found that many older adults don't or can't properly clean their teeth and gums and rely on caregivers for help. Dutch researchers found that caregivers often overlook mouth care, because they are unaware of its importance and the consequences of ignoring it. It is important because healthy gums and teeth keep people looking good, and enjoying eating tasty and nutritious food. Your mouth plays a key role in your overall wellbeing, because the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease also are linked to serious medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart and lung disease.
If you are a caregiver, have parents who are seniors, or have relatives in long-tern care facilities, please be sure that your loved ones are receiving proper oral care.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309