Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oral Longevity Initiative

Oral Longevity

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Oral Longevity
The OralLongevity™ initiative is designed to increase awareness about the oral health needs of older Americans. Specifically, the OralLongevity program encourages patients to visit the dentist where they can receive information and guidance from trusted professionals. Launched in September 2007, the program aims to create a dialogue among dental professionals, mature consumers and caregivers across the U.S. For more background information, read How the OralLongevity Initiative Evolved (PDF).
OralLongevity educational materials explore the link between oral health and general health and discuss ways to keep your teeth for life. By tackling oral health problems that impact adults over 60, the information and resources help dentists and consumers work together to maintain and preserve oral health, a healthy body and a great look throughout life.
The cornerstone of the OralLongevity outreach effort is a brochure and educational DVD that is formatted in searchable chapters on a variety of oral health topics. Dental professionals will be able to use the DVD in their office to educate patients and caregivers. Consumers can also access the information based on their individual needs. Topics in the brochure and addressed on the DVD include:
  • Dry Mouth
  • Cavities after 60
  • Oral Cancer
  • Dentures & Implants
  • Daily Mouth Care
  • The Effect of Diabetes, Arthritis and Medications on Oral Health
Additional OralLongevity information prepared for patients, such as helpful tips, questions and answers, fact sheets and more can be found in the Consumer Resources section.
For OralLongevity resources and materials to assist dental professionals, please visit the Dental Resources section. Dental professionals can find literature reviews, clinical publications, and case studies. This section also contains assistance on reaching out to older adults who may be living independently, in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes.

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