The funding for this project was provided through a grant awarded by the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part III from the SeniorTrust/ElderTrust settlement
(Case No. 11-1548-III) and through a contract administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

Aging Matters | Dental Health

Older adults are often susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay, which can affect their general health and quality of life. Tennessee ranks 49th in oral health for older adults and almost half of Tennesseans over 65 experience severe tooth loss. Poor oral health can lead to increased risk of serious health problems, including heart disease and complications in controlling diabetes. The good news is that dentistry has come a long way in the last century, and today’s seniors are maintaining their natural teeth longer than in the past.

What treatment options are there for seniors and how will they access and pay for dental care, particularly if they lack insurance? Aging Matters: Dental Health considers what can be done to ensure older adults live a full life with a healthy smile.


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Explores oral health and the gap in affordable dental care.

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The Experts

Laurie Hodge

D.D.S., Dental Director, Church Health


Statistics Explained

Tennessee ranks 49th in oral health for older adults.
Source: Oral Health America, A State Of Decay, Vol. IV, 2018

In Tennessee, nearly 46 percent of adults over the age of 65 live with severe tooth loss.
Source: Oral Health America, A State Of Decay, Vol. IV, 2018

Seventy percent of older adults in the U.S. don’t have dental insurance.
Source: American Journal of Public Health, Oral Health and Aging, 2017 June

In Tennessee, more than 20 percent of people over 65 have all their natural teeth extracted. That’s compared to less than 15 percent of all Americans.
Source: Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, State Health Facts, Percentage of Adults 65+ Who Have Had All of Their Natural Teeth Extracted

Since 2011 every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65.
Source: Pew Research Center, Fact Tank, Baby Boomers Retire, December 29, 2010

Social security is the principal source of family income for nearly half of older Americans.
Source: AARP Public Policy Institute, Social Security: Who’s Counting on It?, Fact Sheet 252, March, 2012

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