Dental Health

Dental Health

Good dental health is important for everyone. People with Parkinson’s experience symptoms which may impact their oral health. Individuals may have excessive saliva in the mouth due to a decrease in swallowing. Some people may have a very dry mouth as a side effect of their medications. Finally, brushing and flossing teeth regularly and completely may be difficult due to the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Regular visits to the dentist are important, preferably with a dentist who understands the special needs of a person with Parkinson’s. The Massachusetts Dental Society is an excellent resource to identify dentists who treat the special needs of certain populations.

The APDA supplement Oral Health and Parkinson’s Disease updated by Brittany R. Cicerone, RDH and Christina R. Carter, DMD, can be found online here. If you would like a print out of this supplement, please email apdama@apdaparkinson.org or call 617-638-8466.

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