The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS), part of the Royal College of Surgeon, has published a new report highlighting the impact that poor oral health has for older people.
The Research compiled by the FDS reveals that as many as 1.8 million people aged over 65 years of age could be suffering from an acute dental health condition.
Conditions such as decay, gum disease and oral sepsis, impact heavily on the health and well-being of older people.
The FDS has called for basic oral health training to be provided as standard for older people, and their carers. They also want to see oral care as part of the assessment process for care and health institutions and facilities for older people.
The current figures highlighted in the report are worrying, but it looks like it is set to get a lot worse, with the researchers very concerned that the numbers of older ones suffering dental problems may rise by up to 50% by 2040.