H E A L T H Y   S M I L E S   F O R   A   L I F E T I M E

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M A R Y  F I S H E R,  D D S  &   A N D R E A   H I S L O P,  D D S

Problems Caused by Oral Diseases in the Elderly​​

  • Pain
  • Systemic infection
  • Loss of oral function:
    -        difficulty eating
    -        impaired nutritional intake
    -        poor taste
    -        poor communication
    -        poor interpersonal contacts

Prevention of Oral Disease

​​Oral Care for Individuals with Teeth:

  • Daily brushing and flossing:
    -        2-3 times per day
    -        After each meal and before bedtime

  • Regular dental visits every 3-4 months
  • Monthly or bi-monthly dental visits for those patients with advanced dementia

PREVENTION is the key to healthy living.  To maintain optimal oral health throughout a lifetime means daily oral care and regular professional care must be a priority.   With appropriate daily oral care and regular oral examinations and teeth cleaning, a dentition can be maintained for a lifetime. 

Poor oral hygiene, dry mouth and tooth decay

Oral Care for Individuals with Dentures:

  • Daily removal of dentures at night: dentures should be cleaned with a toothbrush & toothpaste and placed in a denture cup with water and a tablet of effervescent denture cleanser overnight
  • Regular dental visits every 6 months

Oral Care & The Elderly

Oral Diseases Found in the Elderly

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Oral cancer

Ill-fitting Dentures