There’s one aspect of health that is often overlooked when it comes to the elderly. According to this US News article, about 29% of adults above the age of 65 had dental insurance in 2017. About 66% of those people had gone to see a dentist. These are alarmingly low rates. As we discussed, dental health extends beyond just our mouths.
“Dental care is an important component of health care for the older population,” the CDC report says. “Chronic diseases that may impact oral health and the need for care, such as diabetes and osteoporosis, are common among the older population, and poor oral health may contribute to the risk of certain conditions.”
There are quite a few elderly residents of the US who have gum disease, and it can increase risk of tooth loss if gone unchecked. A large part of this is due to a financial burden. Medicare provides health care coverage to the elderly, but dental health is not covered. Paying for a dental visit out of pocket isn’t always an option for some people. At the end of the day, I think we can all agree that there’s one aspect of health that is often overlooked. And, it shouldn’t be. For more information on dental health, please read our previous blog posts.