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45 to 55 years

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Most Common Diseases & Conditions:

Tooth decay (dental caries)

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Gum disease

gum disease

Tooth wear (erosion, attrition, abrasion)

tooth wear

Oral cancer

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Major Risk Factors Which Contribute to Problems:

  • Diet – sugar containing food and drinks
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Little or no fluoride around teeth
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Polypharmacy (taking a number of medications)
  • Tooth loss
  • Dentures

Everyone in this Age Group Should Aim for:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Practice good oral hygiene (Floss/clean between and brush daily)
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Spit out after brushing but don’t rinse
  • Avoid/stop tobacco and nicotine products
  • Avoid/minimise alcohol
  • Regular dental care

Source: Delivering Better Oral Health PHE 2021

  • Inside the mouth –  Teeth & Jaws – Function and appearance. Tooth decay, Gum disease, Tooth wear, Recession & Root decay.  Sensitivity, Ulcers, Tongue & Soft tissue problems.  Mouth Cancer. Dry mouth, Fresh breath.
  • Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing – Mid life aging and oral health. General, Oral Health and Inflammation. Medication. Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs. Caring for others. Sleep, Exercise, Mental health & Stress.
  • Oral hygiene – Toothbrushing, Interdental cleaning & other oral care routines including the use of mouth wash. Tongue cleaning. Dental Appliance Care. Restorations – crown, bridge and implant maintenance.
  • Diet and Nutrition – Healthy Eating for a healthy life. Nutrition and Supplements. Sugar – snacks, drinks, weight and oral health.
  • Professional dental care – General Dental Care – Monitoring & Maintenance. Repair and replacement of Teeth  e.g. Dental Implants. Prevention & Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal  – Dental Hygiene Therapy. Cosmetic Dentistry – Bleaching,Braces, etc
Living Life To The Full

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Chonic disease – Highest increases in the prevalence of NCDs seen in a relatively young age group (30–49 years). These findings suggest the early onset of NCDs in the population that needs to be addressed.

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Dental attendance



Role as carer – parents/grandchildren/ other

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