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Health Tip: Caring for an Older Person's Teeth

Health Tip: Caring for an Older Person's Teeth

10/03/12

(HealthDay News) -- As people age and have trouble caring for themselves, they may also struggle to care for their mouths and teeth.

The American Dental Association offers these tips for people who care for seniors:

  • Remind them to brush and floss their teeth daily.
  • If they have trouble brushing or flossing, a dentist or hygienist should be able to offer suggestions.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups.
  • Consider possible denture problems if you notice changes in an older person's eating habits.
  • Don't neglect an older person's dental care, since bacteria from the mouth ultimately can trigger pneumonia.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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