Author and dental hygienist, Angie Stone, has just released a book about a major epidemic hitting nursing homes. In it, she explains her research into why the elderly have an increased risk of death from a lack of proper oral hygiene. Sounds inconceivable? In her book, “Dying from Dirty Teeth: Why the Lack of Proper Oral Care Is Killing Nursing Home Residents and How to Prevent It” (Indie Books International, 2015), Stone examines the increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and COPD that nursing home residents face when they receive little to no oral hygiene or oral health care.
It’s a problem that has been going on for quite a while. Considering the growth of our aging population, it will probably become a much larger issue. Most family members aren’t even aware that Grandpa or Grandma might not be receiving the dental care that they are supposed to be getting.
As more and more researchers take a hard look at studies from the past thirty years, the evidence shows that a lack of dental care increases a person’s risks for many diseases. It’s exactly what Stone has done in her book, summarizing studies that indicate periodontal disease initiates many diseases from diabetes to dementia. As a dental professional for 30 years, Stone’s research has also been published in the journal Integrative Medicine. [Read more…]