Baltimore health officials answer seniors' oral health questions

Seniors with questions and concerns about their teeth will be able to get free answers through a new program from the Baltimore City Health Department.

Called “My Smile,” the program targets low-income seniors who are in need of dental education and oral cancer screenings. Appointments will be offered in city senior centers.

Officials say advanced age can come with oral health problems such as gum disease, darkened teeth and dry mouth. Ill-fitting can also cause gum trouble and arthritis can make it hard to brush and floss.

Further, Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care or procedures so prevention is needed.

The program is a collaboration between the health department’s Office of Aging & CARE Services and Bureau of Clinical Services.

“People are living longer and we want to help them preserve their smiles as long as possible,” said city Commissioner of Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot in a statement. “This illustrates how we are working more collaboratively with our available resources to improve the health of our city’s seniors.”

To see a calendar of screening date, go to

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