Help older adults understand the importance of nutrition and oral health in order to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and oral health habits.
Oral health status, oral diseases and chronic illness with oral symptoms can impact older adult’s ability to consume food properly and affect their eating habits, which can impact their nutritional status.
Adequate nutrition is not only essential for overall health but also for the development and maintenance of the oral cavity, especially the gingiva and teeth. The relationship between nutrition and oral health is highly related. Proper nutrition has a role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease while the health of our teeth and gums helps determine the types of foods we can eat.
See these Healthy Eating Tips from the National Council on Aging.