As we age, our dental health becomes increasingly important. However, dental care is often overlooked when it comes to senior patients in long-term care and pharmacies. This can have serious consequences, as poor dental health has been linked to a range of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Seniors in long-term care facilities often face challenges in accessing dental care. Many facilities do not have on-site dentists, and transportation to off-site appointments can be difficult for those with mobility issues. As a result, many seniors in long-term care suffer from untreated dental problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

Pharmacies can also play a role in dental care for seniors. Many medications can cause dry mouth, which can lead to dental problems. Pharmacists can educate seniors on the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene and offer advice on products such as saliva substitutes and toothpastes designed for dry mouth.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of oral health for seniors in long-term care. Many long-term care facilities are now hiring on-site dentists or contracting with dental service providers to ensure that residents have access to regular dental care. Additionally, some pharmacies are expanding their services to include dental hygiene products and educational resources.

However, more needs to be done to ensure that seniors in long-term care and pharmacies receive the dental care they need. This includes increased funding for dental services in long-term care facilities and expanded training for pharmacists on dental health. By prioritizing dental care for seniors, we can help to improve their overall health and quality of life.