Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the body's motor functions, including the muscles used for chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Due to this, people with Parkinson's disease need dental care to keep their oral health and avoid any problems that could arise.
Dental Challenges for Parkinson's Disease Patients
Parkinson's disease patients often have trouble with basic oral hygiene tasks like brushing and flossing because of tremors, stiffness, and lack of coordination. This can lead to plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease, all of which can worsen the patient's motor functions and overall quality of life.
Also, Parkinson's patients may have dry mouths because their drugs reduce saliva production. This increases the risk of tooth decay and oral infections. They may also have dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, which can cause food to get stuck in their teeth and lead to bacteria growth.
Tips for Dental Care for People with Parkinson's Disease
Choose the right toothbrush. A soft-bristled toothbrush can be gentler on the teeth and gums and easier for people with tremors to use. Choose an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can be more efficient and effective at cleaning teeth, especially for people with limited dexterity.
Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash: A fluoride mouthwash can help stop tooth decay and improve oral health. Use floss threaders or interdental brushes: Patients who have trouble flossing can use floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean between their teeth. Schedule regular dental check-ups as they can help find and treat dental problems early on.
Patients with Parkinson's disease must get dental care to keep their oral health in good shape and avoid problems. We have a trained dental staff who have experience with this type of disease. Contact us today if you have any questions or to book an appointment.
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