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75 + years

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Most Common Diseases & Conditions:

Tooth decay
(tooth & root caries)

tooth decay 75 plus

Gum disease

Tooth wear (erosion, attrition, abrasion)

Oral cancer

mouth cancer

Dry mouth

dry mouth 65 plus

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 2021

  • Inside the mouth – Teeth, Function, Appearance & Replacement. Tooth/Root decay, Gum disease, Tooth wear, Recession, Sensitivity, Trauma, Mouth Cancer & Soft tissue health.  Failing restorations. Saliva, Dry mouth & Fresh breath.
  • Health and Wellbeing – Healthy aging. Independence and self care. Overall health, Oral Health and Quality of  Life. Frailty, isolation and mental health.
  • Oral hygiene – Self care. Carers mouth care – Supporting and assisting mouth care. Oral hygiene aids – selection and use. Dental appliance care e.g. dentures, implants.
  • Diet and Nutrition – Eating for health and wellbeing. Hydrati
  • on. Sugar and snacks. Supplements. Weight maintenance for health.
  • Professional oral care – General dental care – access, cost, monitoring and maintenance.  Repair and replacement of teeth/fillings. Supportive preventive therapies.
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