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55 to 65 years

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Video Oral health care for baby boomers Oral health coach LeighGS recorded live on Facebook during Talking Teeth Thursday August 2021.

Most Common Diseases & Conditions:


Tooth decay (dental caries)

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Gum disease
(periodontitis)

teeth showing gum disease in 55 to 65 year old

Tooth wear (erosion, attrition, abrasion)

teeth showing tooth wear in a in 55 to 65 year old

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

PHE Delivering Better Oral Health 2021

Inside the mouth –  Function. Tooth decay & Gum disease. Gum recession. Root decay. Teeth – Shape, Colour, Replacement.  Sensitivity, Ulcers, Soft tissues, Tongue health and Mouth Cancer. Dry mouth. Inflammation and the Oral Microbiome. Fresh breath.

Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing – Mid life aging and oral health. General, Oral Health and Inflammation. Medications and supplements. Lifestyle – Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs. Caring for others. Mental health and Stress.

Oral hygiene – Toothbrushing, Interdental cleaning & other oral care routines. Tongue cleaning. Dental Appliance Care.

Diet and Nutrition – Healthy Eating for a healthy life and for a healthy smile for life. Sugar, Weight and oral health

Professional dental care – General Dental Care – Monitoring & Maintenance. Repair and replacement of Teeth  e.g. Dental Implants. Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal  – Dental Hygiene Therapy. Cosmetic Dentistry – Tooth Bleaching, Orthodontics etc

Mouths Matters

Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing

  • General & Oral Health Awareness -Inflammation, and Non-Communicable Disease
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Decay – Root decay
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Tooth wear  – Acid erosion, Tooth Abrasion & Grinding
  • Dry mouth
  • Ulcers, Sore Mouth and Sensitivity
  • Medicines and supplements
  • Healthy aging – Exercise and Self Care
  • Drugs, Tobacco & Alcohol
  • Mental Health
  • Fresh Breath

Diet and Nutrition

  • Eat well for life

Oral Hygiene –

  • Toothbrushing, Interdental cleaning & other oral care routines
  • Dental Appliance Care

Dental Visits

  • General Dental Care – Monitoring & Maintenance.
  • Repair and replacement of Teeth  e.g. Dental Implants, Dentures etc.
  • Professional Mechanical Plaque Removal  – Dental Hygiene Visits
  • Cosmetic Dentistry – Tooth Bleaching, Orthodontics etc
Living Life To The Full

Worried about going to the dentist? We recommend visiting LLTTF which has advise and tips to make visiting the dentist a better experience.

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