Did You Know: If you are an adult of 65 years of age or older, you are a member of the fastest growing age demographic in America.
Between 1900 and 1990, the number of individuals aged 65 or older grew from 3 million to 31.5 million. This drastic change represented a growth from 4.0% of the population to 12.6%, and these rates of change are not expected to slow down. By 2030, Americans over the age of 65 are projected to grow to 65.6 million, a staggering 21.8% of the population. Although this drastic shift has had an impact in all areas of life in our nation, dentistry continues to show one of the most visible shifts.
Older Americans have placed an increased value on getting good dental care. This increased dedication to dental and oral health care have paralleled improvements in tooth retention, as more and more older Americans are keeping their teeth long into retirement.
The cornerstone of tooth retention is prevention. As preventative dental services continue to develop alongside the increased valuation of these services by older Americans, dentists and oral health professionals can expect that older adults will continue to seek dental care for many years.
We are excited to be providing these important services to older patients who cannot make it into the office. By offering in home consultations and services, we are able to provide the growing population of Americans with the dental care they really need.
If you or someone you love is in need of in home dental care, Geriatric House Call Dentistry can help. Working with families, caretakers, and physicians, we aim to provide the best possible care for our older patients. Contact us today to learn more about house call dentistry or to schedule an appointment.