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Midlife Prevention for a Healthy Mouth and Dentition

  • Frauke MüllerEmail author
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Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)

Abstract

This chapter highlights that too often the mouth is not considered as part of the body and forgotten during any clinical assessment, whatever the age of the patient. Ageing affects considerably the multiple components of the orofacial system such as teeth, mucosa, saliva, jaw-closing muscles, temporo-mandibular joint and the alveolar bone. The most prevalent oral conditions in old age remain coronal and root caries as well as periodontal disease, all fostering tooth loss when left to progress without treatment. Most oral diseases and tooth loss can be avoided by managing the related risk factors, notably by adopting a healthy diet, daily meticulous oral hygiene with topical application of fluoride, moderate alcohol intake and smoking cessation. Dental restorations should be state of the art to avoid biological and technical complications. The regular use of dental services along with an individual oral health care plan, ideally established in midlife between the patient and his dentist, help to maintain a healthy mouth and dentition for life.

Keywords

Oral health Oral diseases Coronal and root caries Tooth loss Peridontal disease Oral mucosa Salivary glands Temporo-mandibular joint 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, Service of GeriatricsUniversity Hospitals of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Division of Gerodontology and Removable ProsthodonticsUniversity Clinics of Dental Medicine, University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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