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Beware of dry mouth as you get older

Beware of dry mouth as you get older
20th June 2012

One of the many things people must not forget as they get older is dental hygiene and older adults should beware of dry mouth in particular.

Professor Robin Seymour, a leading periodontologist and advisor to Dentyl Active, the leading alcohol-free mouthwash you can see working, explained that dry mouth is common among those who take some form of medication.

"Dry mouth can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay, especially root caries," he stated.

Patients that have undergone treatment for head and neck cancer are also more likely to experience dry mouth due to damage of the salivary glands that occurs through radiotherapy.

This risk of gum recession is also more pronounced as people age, which can lead to root caries and tooth sensitivity.

Consequently, it is vital that older adults adhere to a strict dental hygiene regime, including regularly brushing teeth, flossing and cutting down on high-sugar foods.

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