Aging and insurance disparities: The example of dental health
from Aging Well
There is a lot we have to do to take care of ourselves these days. Current recommendations regarding optimal health include eating multiple fruits and vegetables, getting a lot of uninterrupted sleep (in a dark room, no less), plenty of moderate exercise and not smoking or drinking alcohol (though alcohol guidelines vary from moderate use to not at all depending on the study). We also need to manage depression, anxiety and stress, as these contribute toward health risks. Now, added to this list, we need to worry about our mouths. Brushing our teeth, flossing, and managing periodontal (gum) disease is now thought to increasingly protect us and lengthen our lifespans. As if we need something else to worry about.
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