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Elderly at High Risk for Dental Caries

Dental caries, also known as cavities, are a common issue among all age groups, but elderly populations are at particularly high risk. This is due to a variety of factors including dry mouth, decreased saliva production, and a decline in oral hygiene. The good news is that there are steps that elderly individuals and their caregivers can take to prevent and manage dental caries.

Here are some tips for preventing and managing dental caries in elderly populations:

  • Encourage regular dental check-ups: As we age, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly to catch any issues early on. The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and check-up.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Encourage elderly individuals to brush their teeth twice a day with a good quality toothpaste and floss daily. It’s also a good idea to use a bacteria-killing mouthwash to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
  • Stay hydrated: Dry mouth can increase the risk of dental caries, so encourage elderly individuals to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated can also help to keep saliva production at normal levels, which can help to protect the teeth.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks: Sugary foods and drinks can contribute to the development of dental caries, so it’s important to limit their intake. Encourage elderly individuals to choose healthier snack options like fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

By following these tips, elderly individuals can help to prevent and manage dental caries and maintain good oral health. It’s also important to work with a dentist to develop a customized plan for preventing cavities and maintaining overall oral health.

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