The Forsyth Institute’s ForsythCares pilot program aims to meet the oral health care needs of older adults—a population that often faces barriers to accessing adequate dental care.

report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that almost 40 percent of seniors did not visit a dentist in 2014. While oral health is essential to overall health at every age, it is particularly important for seniors, as they are more likely to suffer from gum disease and other related oral health conditions. Low-income and African American seniors are nearly twice as likely as more affluent and white patients to experience gum disease and related systemic conditions, according to the Pew report.

Led by Dr. Alpdogan Kantarci, Senior Member of Staff at Forsyth and Director of the Forsyth Faculty Associates dental practice, ForsythCares is designed to meet the specific oral health needs of seniors. A major thrust of Dr. Kantarci’s current research is focused on the link between gum disease and other conditions affecting older adults, including Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

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