Oral health and older adults: A history of public neglect

Michèle J. Saunders

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Abstract

Oral health and general health are interwoven. Disparities in oral healthcare exist for underserved and vulnerable older adults. Since 1988, many studies have been conducted and reports written with recommendations by the Surgeon General, IOM, CDC, and HHS. The lack of public financing for preventive or routine oral healthcare for older adults enrolled either in Medicare or Medicaid has prevented action on many recommendations in these reports. Now is the time to support publicly funded oral healthcare for this vulnerable, underserved population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-15
Number of pages10
JournalGenerations
Volume40
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Dental care and aging
  • Dental care and Medicaid
  • Dental care and Medicare
  • HRSA-HHS and oral health
  • IOM and oral health
  • Oral health and aging
  • Surgeon General and oral health
  • Underserved older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Saunders, MJ 2016, 'Oral health and older adults: A history of public neglect', Generations, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 6-15.
Saunders, Michèle J. / Oral health and older adults : A history of public neglect. In: Generations. 2016 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 6-15.
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