Research has shown that oral health may be linked to other serious health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and lung disease. Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults age 65 and older have not seen a dentist in the past five years. Research!America and Colgate-Palmolive will host the briefing, “Oral Health in an Aging Nation: An Unmet Public Health Challenge,” on October 4 to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing seniors today.
A diverse panel of experts will address such topics as the critical importance of good oral health in older Americans, the connection between oral health and chronic diseases, the need for more oral health research and much more. Confirmed panelists include: Judith Jones, DDS, MPH, DScD, director, Center for Clinical Research Professor, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Department of General Dentistry, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine; Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., chief economist & vice president, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association; Michael C. Alfano, DMD, Ph.D., president, Santa Fe Group; professor, dean and executive vice president emeritus, New York University; Beth Truett, president, Oral Health America; and Fotinos S. Panagakos, DMD, Ph.D., global director, scientific affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Co.