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Community Involvement

Smiles for Seniors

Smiles for Seniors, a program of the Ohio Dental Association, is designed to help those who provide care and services for older adults to keep brushing and flossing a manageable part of the daily routine. Assistance with daily oral hygiene is often needed for adults who have loss of strength, mobility or dexterity or have experienced conditions such as a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s. The program contains easy-to-understand information and suggestions on how to maintain a daily oral hygiene regimen for semi-dependent and older adults, including those with dentures.

Program materials cover issues such as:

  • Common signs of dental disease
  • Nutritional needs of older adults
  • Dry mouth
  • Health conditions that may make brushing or flossing difficult
  • Denture issues
  • Possible effects of medication on oral health

Get involved

The program materials are available in print, VHS, or CD-ROM format. The program is free and materials can be accessed below. If you would like to receive the materials via mail contact the ODA’s Department of Public Service at laura@oda.org, by calling 614-486-2700 or by filling out the Smiles for Seniors Program Materials Order Form. There is a $10 shipping and handling charge.

Dentists

Members who are interested in giving a Smiles for Seniors presentation to local nursing homes, adult day care facilities or other older adult care facilities can email morgan@oda.org or call the ODA Department of Public Service at (800) 282-1526.

Public

The ODA can help find a dentist to present the Smiles for Seniors program to facility staff that provide care and services for older adults. Contact the ODA’s Department of Public Service by emailing laura@oda.org or by calling 614-486-2700.

Smiles for Seniors Program Materials

The Smiles for Seniors program is not copyrighted. Duplication of all materials, including the video and fact sheets, is encouraged to help spread this information to as many health and social service professionals as possible.