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      <journal-id journal-id-type="publisher">JOHS</journal-id>
      <journal-id journal-id-type="nlm-ta">Journ of Health Scien</journal-id>
        <journal-title>Journal of HealthCare Sciences</journal-title>
        <abbrev-journal-title abbrev-type="pubmed">Journ of Health Scien</abbrev-journal-title>
      <issn pub-type="ppub">2231-2196</issn>
      <issn pub-type="opub">0975-5241</issn>
        <publisher-name>Radiance Research Academy</publisher-name>
      <article-id pub-id-type="publisher-id">100</article-id>
      <article-id pub-id-type="doi">http://dx.doi.org/10.52533/JOHS.2022.21104</article-id>
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        <article-title>Methods and Challenges in Preventive Dental Care of the Elderly&#13;
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        <p>As individuals age, physiologic alterations take place in the oral cavity, and are thought to be a regular component of the ageing process. However, pathological developments that are not harmless, and that need professional care, are frequently encountered. The line between physiological ageing and actual pathological changes is not clear in all cases. The wellbeing of the oral cavity can be compromised with the initiation of tooth loss, soft tissue lesions such as oral carcinoma, neglected grossly carious teeth, neglected severe periodontitis, and orofacial neuralgia. For adequate oral health to be retained in older ages, oral diseases must be prevented and/or treated with emphasis in younger ages. Proper self-management measures—like brushing of teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste, dental flossing, and consuming nutrient-dense and balanced meals which have less refined carbohydrate are crucial preventive practices to be incorporated in daily life by people of all ages which includes the elderly. Dentalcare professionals can play a major role in prevention of dental problems and avoidance of more damage of oral tissues in older people. Professional activities comprise head, neck, and intraoral assessment of teeth and surrounding tissues for presence of oral manifestations of systemic illnesses, oral neoplasms, carious teeth, periodontitis, and impaired function and esthetics. Other measures for prevention comprise prophylaxis, dental care guidance, fluoride varnish provision, and proper therapy via restorations and reconstructions. Since the effects of dental conditions accrue as time passes, the necessity for sooner establishment of a preventive routine in life is vital for healthy ageing intraorally. Further, dentalcare for the geriatric population initiates in the younger ages through a stress on management of oral health issues early on, and from that point through an elaborate preventive plan moving ahead.&#13;
        <kwd>geriatric dentistry</kwd>
        <kwd> preventive dentistry</kwd>
        <kwd> dental education</kwd>