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.

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The APDA supplement # 7 “Parkinson’s Disease and Oral Health by Michaell A. Huber, DDS can be obtained by e-mailing information@apdama.org or calling 617-638-8466.