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New research into dental care provisions for residents of care homes has found inconsistency, suggesting that many older people could benefit from comparing private dental insurance.
At the Labour Party Conference recently, Dr Peter Bateman, British Dental Association's salaried dentist committee chair, suggested those in care homes typically have worse oral health and are unable to access dental care.
Elderly people are expected to have extra oral health care needs as problems moving their hands or arms, or eyesight often hinders their ability to keep good upkeep of their teeth.
Receding gums is a common age related problem with teeth resulting in weakened protection against tooth decay. It can also cause sensitive teeth and a dry mouth.
"It is important that good dental care and advice is available to everyone, and those in care homes are no exception," commented Dr Nigel Carter, British Dental Health Foundation chief executive.
"Regular dental care can help provide solutions to these issues and advice on the best aids to use."
Previous research by the British Dental Health Foundation suggests that variations within an individual's taste pathway genes also impacts their risk of dental decay.
The study examined families' and assessed the health of their mouth and their dental decay, as well as statistically significant connections between the taste genes and the risk of decay or protection.
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Tooth decay is caused by a number of factors and has the potential to affect everyone at different levels and stages of their lives. These factors include bacteria in the mouth, teeth maintenance, diet, the structure of the teeth, and salivary flow and the makeup of saliva.
The bacteria in plaque reacts with the sugars in our food and drinks to form acid which then attacks the protective enamel on the teeth, this can lead to a cavity if not caught quickly.