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Dental care advice for seniors
Updated: 5/20/2008 2:00:22 PM
 

As people get older, it becomes increasingly important for them to take extra steps to preserve good dental health.

There are a number of measures seniors can take in order to hold on to their teeth until a ripe old age, the Albuquerque Journal reported, including laser cleaning and cutting back on sugary foods.

It spoke to 73-year-old Alex Newman who credited laser cleaning - whereby a laser is projected under the gum line to reduce bacteria in that area - with the improvement of his gums and teeth in recent years. "They've helped heal my gums," he stated.

In addition, the newspaper warns that older people can be particularly affected by a dry mouth as a result of certain medicines, which can contribute towards the development of tooth decay.

Dental hygienist Pam Grabowski told the publication that sugarless mints and over-the-counter sprays like Biotene can help.

Together with fellow hygienist Sue Kiermont she also advised seniors to be aware of the effect certain food products have on their teeth. "Carrying crackers in your purse and snacking on them all day long means that fermentable carbs are turned into sugar," they explained to the Journal.

Richard H Price from the American Dental Association recently told the Baltimore Sun that people should see the dentist more rather than less as they get older.
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