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Tending to Oral Health Challenges Crucial to Quality of Life for Elder Arkansans

Z. Sitek
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KUAF
Dr. Chris Combs has a practice in Bella Vista, a retirement community where the median age is 51.

Many elderly Americans have a hard time sticking to routine oral healthcare due to chronic illness, disability or insitutional living. Lapses in care can lead to a variety of oral health challenges ranging from cavities to gum disease, which can affect quality of life if left unattended. This report is part of a year-long statewide series on oral health produced by Arkansas Public Media and supported by Delta Dental of Arkansas.

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