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Connecticut State Dental Association Celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) celebrates National Senior Health and Fitness Day by reminding seniors and their caretakers of the importance of dental and oral healthcare to maintain overall health. Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults.

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) celebrates National Senior Health and Fitness Day by reminding seniors and their caretakers of the importance of dental and oral healthcare to maintain overall health. Research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems that are common in older adults.

“The CSDA is committed to improving oral health of all of Connecticut citizens, especially seniors who may be more prone to infections that could have damaging effects on their overall health,” said Dr. William Nash, CSDA President. “Aging increases and worsens issues that affect the mouth, so it is imperative to maintain healthy teeth and gums.”

Brushing with antibacterial toothpaste that contains fluoride and flossing daily, regular dentist visits and eating nutritious foods are among the simple steps to take to maintain a healthy mouth. It is also important to be aware of how some medications and prescriptions can cause dry mouth, a reduction in saliva production, that contributes to significant tooth decay and gum disease. Dry mouth is a problem for 30% of older adults.

The CSDA urges seniors with diabetes to pay special care to their teeth and gums and to tell their dentist if they have diabetes as they may require cleanings more often. People with diabetes are 3 to 4 times as likely to get a gum infection. For this, the CSDA recommends using an antibacterial mouthwash (without alcohol) at least once a day to help kill bacteria and control plaque.

“We cannot stress enough how important dental health is to maintain overall health,” said Dr. Nash. “The CSDA is committed to educating Connecticut residents about oral health and advocating for the best practices in dentistry, and one of those practices is ensuring our seniors and those who care for them understand the importance of preventing decay and infection.”

About the Connecticut State Dental Association                                              
With approximately 2,600 members, including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) advocates for the public’s health and promotes the profession of dentistry. The CSDA is the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut. For more information about the CSDA, visit the Association's website at www.csda.com.

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