A recent study surveyed 400 older adults throughout Illinois to assess the need for oral healthcare. From the study, more than 80% of the older adults did not have dental coverage, 13% had lost at least some of their teeth, and over half had not seen a dental provider in the last year.
Every day in the U.S. 10,000 adults reach age 65, and this “silver tsunami” (as it is sometimes called) is only expected to increase in the future. By 2030, there will be 72.1 million older adults in the U.S. Seventy percent of older Americans lack dental insurance and are unable to access oral health care because of cost. In addition, most states do not provide dental coverage that is publicly funded.
To see where your state stands on oral health for older adults check out Oral Health America’s report, A State of Decay, Vol II.