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Dent Clin North Am. 1997 Oct;41(4):727-50.

Oral health promotion and prevention for older adults.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 84148, USA.


An oral health promotion and prevention program customized to individual needs begins with a thorough assessment of function and risk profile for dental diseases. Toothbrushes and interproximal cleaners can be selected or adapted to meet special needs of older adults. Fluoride use based on caries risk is an important adjunct to any prevention program. Other preventive agents such as chlorhexidine rinses and xylitol gum supplement the program as risk factors increase or when health and disability limit the ability to effectively perform oral hygiene procedures. Oral cancer screening examination is advocated on a regular basis for all older persons.

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