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Proper dental care for seniors
Updated: 4/6/2012 7:00:41 PM

Proper dental care for seniors  

There have been many articles in the news recently discussing the importance of teaching proper oral care techniques to children. Kids aren't the only population that needs to be stringent about dental care, elderly individuals also need to be particularly concerned about their oral health. WebMD states that older people have a higher risk of a number of dental health problems, such as dry mouth, darkened teeth and tooth loss.

Recently, the Williams Lake Tribune published an article discussing the importance of oral care among the elderly.

"Preventive dental health care is particularly important among the senior population due to the growing range and complexity of health issues that seniors face," said Hank Klein, D.D.S., quoted by the news source. "Unfortunately, many frail elders are not able to care for their mouths properly. Family members and care providers have an important role to play in daily mouth care."

Klien, who is the president of the British Columbia Dental Association, recommended that people who care for seniors make sure that older individuals have their natural teeth brushed twice a day and dentures cleaned daily. Furthermore, some elderly people cannot express pain, so caregivers should look in their mouth for signs of redness or swelling to make sure nothing is wrong.

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