Oral health is important but underemphasized

oral bacteria

Oral health problems are not given much attention or emphasis as adversely affecting older adults but actually, oral health can affect ADLs and social life by causing pain and/or embarrassment.  Personally, as a daughter of a dentist, I was always reminded that poor oral hygiene can cause health problems in the mouth but also in other areas of the body.

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Graph shown is from the April 2016 addition of RDH.