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Geriatric Dentistry

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Dr. Nadia Chowhan of Aspen Dental in Bourbonnais Reminds Patients, Caregivers About Importance of Regular Oral Care for Mature Adults in Recognition of Older Americans Month

SYRACUSE, New York – In recognition of Older Americans Month, Dr. Nadia Chowhan of Aspen Dental in Bourbonnais is reminding patients about the importance regular dental examinations and the refitting or replacement of dentures for good oral and overall health.

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Seniors Can Smile Into Their Golden Years

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – May is National Older Americans Month. Many people believe that as they get older, they will start to lose their natural teeth. However, the percentage of Americans age 65 and over who were missing all of their natural teeth dropped to 26 percent (from 27.6) from 2004 to 2007.

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American Dental Association Honored for Older Adults Oral Health Program

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Associations Advance America Awards program has named the American Dental Association (ADA) to its 2008 Honor Roll, a national awards competition for innovative projects sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, D.C.

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Looking After the Oral Health of Aging Parents

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – BC's sandwich generation will likely be helping to care for their aging parents' oral health in addition to that of their own children, says the BC Dental Association. April is Oral Health Month and the BC Dental Association's annual campaign is focusing on seniors' oral care.

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Seniors' Access to Dental Care Found Wanting

BUFFALO, New York – A survey of seniors' access to dental care conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and Buffalo State College presents a sobering picture of the dental needs and barriers to dental care experienced by seniors.

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Is Tooth Loss An Inevitable Part Of Aging?

OTTAWA, Ontario – Forty-nine per cent of seniors believe that tooth loss and declining oral health are inevitable as we grow older, according to a recent public opinion survey conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).

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NYS Dental Foundation receives grant from GSK

ALBANY, New York – The New York State Dental Foundation will receive a $40,000 grant to help improve older adults' access to oral health care through a fund set up by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK) and the American Dental Association Foundation. GSK Consumer Healthcare donated $250,000 last year to the ADAF to establish the Access to Oral Health Care for Older Adults Initiative.

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Dentists are the First Line of Defense for Elder Abuse

CHICAGO, Illinois – With the U.S. population living longer, seniors' oral health has become an important issue, as has the widespread problem of elder abuse. Every year more than 2.5 million older Americas may be victims of elder abuse, and in some cases dentists serve as the first line of defense, according to a new report in the May/June 2005 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

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Finances, Not Having a Dentist are Primary Barriers to Seniors Receiving Dental Care

BUFFALO, New York – To say that health-care professionals have to fight tooth-and-nail to provide dental services to senior citizens is not much of a stretch.

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ADA Foundation Requests Proposals to Improve Older Adults Access to Oral Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – The ADA Foundation, charitable arm of the American Dental Association (ADA), is requesting proposals to help improve older adults access to dental care under its Access to Oral Care for Older Adults Grants Program.

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GlaxoSmithKline's $250,000 Grant Targets Older Americans' Access to Dental Care

CHICAGO, Illinois – Efforts to improve access to dental care for older Americans received a $250,000 boost, thanks to a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to the ADA Foundation (ADAF), charitable arm of the American Dental Association (ADA).

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BUSDM Aims to Improve Elder Oral Health Care

BOSTON, Massachusetts--Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) is leading the effort to improve elder oral health care across the United States. The school is among the first to tackle the issue, long overlooked by both the medical industry and elders themselves, who typically live on a fixed income, lose dental insurance at retirement, and do not have the money to make oral health a priority.

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Elders' Oral Health Summit to be Held September 13 and 14, 2004

BOSTON, Massachusetts--On September 13 and 14, 2004, Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) will hold a summit in Boston to address critical issues affecting the oral health of elders.

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Elderly Pay More Out of Pocket for Dental Services

Newswise – While Americans paid out of pocket for approximately one-half of all dental care expenses in 2000, people age 65 and older paid more than three-quarters (an average of $400) of their dental expenses out of pocket, according to new trend data on dental services from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualitys Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Only 10.5 percent of the elderly didnt pay any out-of-pocket expenses for dental care.

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Older patients need special attention in the dental chair

CHICAGO, Illinois – It is estimated that by the year 2040, adults over the age of 65 will account for 21 percent of the U.S. population. And as their ranks increase, a growing number of older adults will need dental care in years to come, according to the March/April 2004 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal. Dentists must address the special needs of these patients and tailor treatment plans to fit these changing needs.

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Nothing to Smile About on Older Americans Oral Health Report Card

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, according to a national report card released today by the advocacy group Oral Health America before a forum of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. The group, examining a variety of ways older Americans have access to key dental services, gave failing or near failing grades to each state in all categories and gave the nation an overall D grade.

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Action needed now to care for older peoples teeth

LONDON, England – Free oral healthcare assessments at 60 and free dental examinations for the over 65s should be introduced according to a report to be launched by the British Dental Association (BDA) on Tuesday 13 May at the organisation's Older People with Teeth! Conference.

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BDA offers its 2020 vision for older peoples care

LONDON, England – With people living longer and increasingly keeping the majority of their teeth, dental care for older people is going to have to undergo a radical change. This is the conclusion of a study by the British Dental Association (BDA) to be launched at a major conference in May.

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Axe To Dental Plan For Pensioners Nothing to Smile About

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The elimination of a dental plan that currently serves 23,000 retired provincial government employees across the province is a step backward, says the Association of Dental Surgeons of BC.

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Regular Dental Care Essential for Proper Nutrition of the Aged, Study Says

CHICAGO, Illinois – Regular dental care to replace missing teeth or preserve denture function may be critical for the very old in maintaining a balanced diet and consuming adequate amounts of nutrients, say University of Iowa researchers in a study of 220 persons, averaging 79 years of age.

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Older Adults May Need Individualized Dental Hygiene Plan

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Today's older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer but, depending on their overall health, may need an individualized preventive oral care plan for healthy teeth and gums, according to Gretchen Gibson, D.D.S., M.P.H., speaking here at the American Dental Association's 143rd Annual Session.

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Seniors Benefit From Cosmetic Dentistry

MADISON, Wisconsin – Today, more senior citizens are keeping their teeth longer, due largely to improved dental care. However, over time other dental issues arise that can affect health and appearance-namely abrasion of the teeth at the root surface and gingival recession.

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A Story Ideas for Seniors Week - June 4 - 10

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – With today's population of older adults on the increase, the dental profession has recognized the need for new initiatives to reach those who are in long-term care homes.

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