Dr. Richard B. Birrer

MD, MPH, Fellow of the American Geriatric Society / New York

There is a growing body of scientific evidence linking oral health to illness. Specifically, increased amounts of tooth decay, gingivitis, and plaque formation are correlated to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and lung infection. Because these problems accelerate as we age it is essential for the elderly and the professionals who care for them, particularly in the long term care setting, to aggressively address these problems through preventive care before complications arise.