Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

October 09, 2007 13:49 ET

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Celebrates World Wide Promotion of Seniors' Oral Health

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2007) - The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) joins dental hygienists from 24 countries to celebrate International Federation of Dental Hygienists Day (IFDHD). On October 10, 2007, dental hygienists around the world will undertake special activities that focus on the theme of promoting seniors' oral hygiene.

Seniors oral health is a particularly important issue for dental hygienists in Canada, with the growing number of people due to retire. Seniors face specific oral health challenges. For example, some medications commonly used by seniors reduce saliva leading to a dry mouth, which can contribute to dental decay and problems with the fit of dentures. In addition, new research indicates a link between oral diseases and lung diseases. CDHA's position paper describes the specific association between periodontal disease and pneumonia in health-compromised seniors in intensive and long-term care. To read more about this connection please visit http://www.cdha.ca/pdf/respiratory_part_II_eng.pdf

Dental hygienists can answer your oral health questions and keep you informed about oral diseases unique to seniors. Dental hygienists are prevention professionals who can give you oral disease prevention and oral health promotion information through all stages of life. Oral health information for seniors and their caregivers is available on the CDHA web site at: www.preventionprofessionals.ca. Visit the Health Promotion Database for tips and fact sheets on oral health issues for seniors.

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