Poor oral hygiene can cause more than cavities and bad breath, especially in the elderly population. Older patients with poor oral health are at higher risk to develop cardiovascular disease, respiratory ailments, and periodontal disease. Those living in long-term care facilities usually need assistant with activities of daily living (ADLs), which includes the rarely address issues of teeth-brushing and gum maintenence. Proper oral hygiene is extremely important in all elderly patients, but those living in LTC facilities may need more help than those living independently. For information about providing proper oral care for your LTC patients, please visit Annals of Long-Term Care.