A dry mouth provides poorer quality of life

16. april 2010  
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Pronounced dry mouth can lead to a significantly impaired quality of life. Dry mouth can occur after cancer treatment, as side effects to the medicine as well as by certain diseases. Patients with severe dry mouth often find that the natural teeth are attacked by an aggressive form of caries, which can cause the teeth to crumble away. For the individual, the situation is deteriorating further by the use of ordinary dentures is an impossibility due. very delicate mucous membranes. Three dentists, each with its specialty focus on dry mouth at Tandlægeforeningens year course 2010

Medicated patients, patients who have been in the chemo - or radiotherapy as well as patients with Sjøgrens syndrome often suffer from pronounced dry mouth. It can be argued that they suddenly develop dental caries in so fast a pace that it can be difficult for the dentist and for the patient to follow. For the patient, the result is often not only a substantial deterioration of his or her quality of life, but also great tandlægeregninger. It is extremely important that the patient and the surroundings is aware of the fact that both during and after the difficult time with chemo - or radiotherapy is needed for a particular prevention effort, says overtandlæge, ph.d. Ole Hovgaard.

He stresses the importance of the patient maintaining an optimal oral hygiene and are aware of the choice of diet. Several devices can be put to use. Bl.a. it is recommended to use a prescription toothpaste with extra fluoride content. Finally, is it a good idea to arrange more frequent checks at the dentist, because early treatment is crucial for a good result.

The demanding treatment can simultaneously be a financial burden for the patient, but in fact there is the possibility of grants for the Danish health act. It is, however, not everyone is aware of the possibility, says overtandlæge Ole Hovgaard, who daily manage the grant scheme in the Region of Midtjylland.

We see, unfortunately, many patients who only many years after their cancer treatment becomes aware that there exists a subsidy scheme, which both deals with the study, prevention and treatment. Late intervention impair the ability to prevent major damage. Here dentists a commitment to provide better advice and guidance, mean Ole Hovgaard.

He, along with professor Flemming Isidor and dentist Allan Bardow focus on the complications of dry mouth and the possibility of grants in the Tandlægeforeningens year course, which will be held in the Bella Center in Copenhagen on 15.-17. april 2010. Year course is Denmark's largest kursusarrangement in the field of dentistry and have for years gathered over 3000 dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others with an interest in dental health.

Older people with dementia suffer from poor oral hygiene

27. October 2009  
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Dementia brings great changes – also as regards the tandsundheden. Research shows that there is a clear link between dementia and poor oral hygiene. The medicine, people with dementia taking, also, that they get dry mouth, which allows a much greater risk of dental caries and fungal infections. Dentists, carers and relatives to a far greater extent focus on the elderly, who do not even maintain a normal life.

Birita Learned, there is the dentist, assistant professor, ph.d. and researcher in Dentistry in Copenhagen, denmark, have in recent years examined the association between dementia and dental health, and the result is striking. Birita Ellefsens study shows bl.a., to the people with dementia had an average of 7 holes in the teeth, already when they got demensdiagnosen, which says something about the problems that people with dementia have with their oral hygiene.

It can mean a significant deterioration of the older people's quality of life. The consequence of poor oral hygiene can bl.a. be pain or discomfort, which can give trouble to eat. At worst, it can mean that they completely stop eating. It is therefore important that the elderly with dementia and their caregivers get the proper guidance on how they should relate to dental care when they are diagnosed, stresses Birita Learned.

– Demented patients need a specially adapted dental care. And here, the dentists the opportunity to make a difference and help to ensure that newly diagnosed dementia patients receive prevention, treatment, and follow-up they need. We have a responsibility as healthcare professionals to help to cover the upbringing and health needs, which is just of the elderly with dementia, sounds the call from Birita Learned.

Birita Learned is among the presenters at the Tandlægeforeningens two-day Symposium on 6.-7. november. A little over 1,600 dentists and 600 dental assistants participating in the event, that has the medically compromised patient as the main theme and takes place in Aarhus, denmark at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.

– It is always good to get updated – and expanded – his professional knowledge and ability, and it is of course valid also for dentists. With a view to both the individual dentist's challenges and daily lives, but also with the aim of patients. To dentists in-service training and included in the latest treatment techniques and developments in dental care, get patients in the chair for the benefit, said Tandlægeforeningens president Susanne Andersen.