For those caring for ageing relatives:

Many of our patients partner with a nursing home or an in-home caretaker for their ageing relatives.  As we get older, regular brushing and flossing can aid in reducing complications of more serious general health challenges.  Please continue to communicate with family members, facilities and caregivers about the importance of oral health care in our loved one’s greater holistic health. 

A recent critical evaluation of scientific studies gathered good evidence supporting the importance of at home oral hygiene care in elderly people.    “Regular oral hygiene practices reduce the progression or occurrence of respiratory disease in high-risk elderly people in nursing homes or hospitals… oral hygiene practices may prevent the death of about one in ten elderly residents of nursing homes from health-care associated pneumonia.” 

JADA 141(9)  September 2010

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