New oral health website geared toward getting older adults more excited about dentistry

9 10 2010

Adults 50 and older now have a place they can go to learn about oral health issues that matter to them, hopefully encouraging them to visit their dentist more often.

The National Museum of Dentistry launched its new website, GetMouthPower.org, at this year’s annual session. With support from Colgate-Palmolive, the museum put together an interactive, engaging website filled with comprehensive and quality oral health information that adults can use as a personal health resource or share with family and friends.

Museum Executive Director Jonathan W. Landers walked booth visitors through the site Saturday morning, pointing out features such as the calcium calculator. The website features four main topical areas: Your Sparkling Smile, About Your Mouth, Fit to Eat, the Mouth/Body Connection and the Interactive timeline.

The site also encourages older adults to visit their dentist regularly, not just when there’s a problem, Landers said, and lets visitors know there are plenty of options out there that can help them get their smile healthy and beautiful.

“When people get to around 40 they often think that’s it, I’m stuck with what I have and that’s my lot in life,” Landers said. “That’s not the case. I want to encourage people so say wait, I do have alternatives. I’m not stuck with this.”

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