Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults

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By 2030, 1 in 5 Californians will be 65 years old or older and increasingly diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, financial resources, and living conditions. In contrast to the growing awareness in children’s oral health needs, the oral health needs of older adults have received relatively little attention. To serve this rapidly growing yet often neglected population, the Center for Oral Health, with support from the California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) and the Archstone Foundation is developing the first documentation of the oral health care needs of older adults in California. The assessments are projected to be completed in September 2017, with a comprehensive report published in February, 2018. The report will present findings of the screenings, and programmatic and policy recommendations for future action driven towards older adults’ oral health in California.

Initial Findings

38% OF THOSE SURVEYED HAD NO NATURAL TEETH (EDENTULOUS)

17% OF THE EDENTULOUS PARTICIPANTS, REPORTED HAVING NO UPPER DENTURE

22% HAD NO LOWER DENTURE

17% HAD NEITHER UPPER OR LOWER DENTURE

14% HAD POSTERIOR CONTACTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE MOUTH

54% HAD NO POSTERIOR CONTACTS AT ALL

Overall

342% HAD UNTREATED DECAY

37% HAD ROOT FRAGMENTS (TEETH BROKEN AT THE GUM LINE)

8% HAD TEETH THAT WERE OBVIOUSLY MOBILE

54% HAD NO OBVIOUS NEED FOR DENTAL CARE

32% WERE IN NEED OF EARLY DENTAL CARE

14% WERE IN NEED OF URGENT DENTAL CARE BECAUSE OF PAIN OR INFECTION

 

Older Adults Needs Assessment Report

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