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Good oral health ‘still important for older people’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

Elderly individuals need to ensure they look after their teeth just as they did when they were young.

This is according to scientific adviser to the British Dental Association Professor Damien Walmsley, who said older people should adopt the same approach to oral health as children do.

This involves brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and visiting the dentist on a regular basis.

“Adults who consume tobacco and/or drink alcohol should additionally be aware of the risks, including gum disease and oral cancers,” Professor Walmsley continued.

Indeed, a study presented in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology recently showed people are three times more likely to suffer from severe gum disease if they are dependant on alcohol than an occasional drinker.

The expert added that although there has been an improvement in the way Britons look after their teeth, there is an “unacceptable gap” between the best and worst dental health.

This could encourage professionals to use dental practice brochures to advertise the importance of good oral health and urge people to clean their teeth effectively.

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