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
Smiles for Seniors Program Materials
The Smiles for Seniors Program materials are free for public use. All materials can be downloaded from the links below:
- Smiles for Seniors informational guide
- Smiles for Seniors PowerPoint presentation
- Smiles for Seniors video
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.