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Self-test For Elderly to Identify a Need For Immediate Dental Care

According to Missouri researchers, older Americans avoid going to the dentist unless they have a dental problem such as a toothache or other oral pain.

Dr. John E. Morley, director of Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and his team have developed a quick checklist for senior citizens to use to assess if they should seek prompt dental attention. The health quiz spells D E N T A L to help alert the elderly for symptoms:

Dry Mouth

Eating difficulty

No dental care in the last 2 years

Tooth or mouth pain

Alteration or change in food selection for ease of eating

Lesions, sores or lumps in the mouth

The quiz is intended to help protect seniors, especially in scenarios where oral cancer may be left undiagnosed, and could eventually cause death. Dental problems can also lead to unnecessary pain, infections and eventual tooth loss that can interfere with the person’s ability to eat and chew with ease. Speech patterns can also be affected. or its owner(s) is in no way responsible for any article, description, procedure, reference or dental product that may appear on this site. makes no warranty of any kind with respect to any dentists listed on this site or any subject matter included herein. The website could include some errors or inaccuracies and strives are made by to improve and update without notice. Any descriptions, specific treatments or references to any companies, dentist procedures, or articles does not imply endorsement of their services. The companies that are shown on this site may or may not have paid to advertise on our site. In no way does or its owner(s) replace the evaluation of a person’s dentist or health care provider. This site is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for visits with your family dentist or other health care provider.