Research also indicates that there is a link between oral health and other health problems (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, etc.). Although this is a relatively new topic of research, there is evidence that poor oral health can aggravate other health problems.
Of note, research shows that frailty is more common among people with poor dental status. As dental status worsens, research indicates there is an increase in the severity of frailty (Bassim et al., 2018).
How can you maintain your oral health?
- Brush teeth at a minimum twice daily
- Floss regularly
- Continue to visit your dentist for regular dental exams, at all ages
What can caregivers do to help their loved ones?
- Check mouth regularly for sores, swelling, change in colour of gums
- Contact dentist if you notice any of these changes
Good nutrition helps build strong teeth and gums
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Limit foods and beverages containing sugar or carbohydrates
- Choose mouth-healthy snacks, such as cheese, nuts, vegetables, non-acidic fruits
Innovations Presented at CFN’s Annual Conference
Canadian Dental Association
Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry
Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry Centre for Community Oral Health, University of Manitoba
Mouth Healthy by the American Dental Association
Timer for Proper Brushing (also available as an app)
* Contact your local public health unit to learn more about affordable dentistry programs in your area
Canadian Dental Association. (2019). Dental care for seniors. [Website]. Retrieved from http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_seniors/
Bassim, C. W. (2018). Oral health in healthy aging. [Editorial]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(3), 439-440. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15253
Bassim, C. W., Griffith, L., Mayhew, A., Nazmul, S. Jinhui, M., Ma, J., Verschoor, C., & Raina, P. (October 2018). Oral health and frailty: An analysis of cross-sectional data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, BC. Poster retrieved from https://www.clsa-elcv.ca/sites/default/files/presentations/cag_poster_bassim_oral_health_and_frailty_oct15a.pdf
These are general health guidelines and should not be considered personal medical advice. You should consult your health care provider and discuss each element outlined above to ensure that each element of the AVOID Frailty campaign is personally customized for you.