oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Oral care : the special needs of the elderly : family focus



Older persons are at risk of chronic diseases of the mouth such as dental infections, xerostomia (dry mouth), oral candidiasis (thrush), denture stomatitis (inflammation of the oral mucosa) and cheilitis (inflammation affecting the corners of the mouth). We tend to forget that older patients are often not able to comply with basic dental hygiene measures such as brushing and flossing due to disabling chronic conditions such as arthritis and neurological impairment.


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