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Oct
18
October Nurses' Notes

October is Dental Hygiene Month


Oral hygiene in the senior population can be a key factor in the following health conditions:


1. Heart disease - There is a connection between gum disease and heart disease


2. Pneumonia - Breathing in bacterial droplets from the mouth can make seniors more susceptible to pneumonia


3. Diabetes - High sugar levels can cause gum disease


4. Gum Disease - Can contribute to anemia, cancer and diabetes


5. Dry Mouth - Often a side effect of medications, this can cause increased infections and decay


6. Denture induced Stomatitis - Caused by poor fitting dentures, can cause inflammation of tissues.


How to improve senior dental care:


1. Brush teeth twice daily


2. Use an electric toothbrush


3. Floss at least once a day


4. Rinse with antiseptic mouth wash daily


5. Clean dentures at least once daily, and remove them for at least 4 hours each day, preferably at night


6. Drink tap water as it contains fluoride


7. Visit a dentist at least twice yearly


8. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes dairy and high fiber foods