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A 92-year-old member asked:

what is best toothpaste to minimize decay and plaque in someone with limited ability to grip toothbrush? would any rinses help? still motivated at 92

8 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Stern
Dentistry 49 years experience
Prevident Rx : Prevident prescription strength Fluoride toothpaste applied by a braun or sonicare powered toothbrush.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Fantastic: My older patients do not stay motivated so i think your motivation is fantastic. Try to find gel kam by colgate. Great stuff and my patients that use it who cannot afford to loose another tooth never get decay. Brush with it for 5 min at night, swish what is in your mouth for 1min, spit don't rinse & go to bed. Try an electric brush/velcro a brush to a glove. Stay motivated and plan your100 b-day.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Rx fluoride strenght: Have your dentist give you a presciption for an extra strenght Fluoride toothpaste. I like prevident 5000. An over the counter Fluoride rinse will also be helpful. Keep up the good work!
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry 37 years experience
Fluoride toothpaste: It would advisable to use an electric toothbrush in patients who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dr. Ron E. Bell commented
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
there are also new electric floss aids on the market now. Many of our senior citizens have limited salivary which may benefit from a rinse or paste like Biotene.
Apr 7, 2013
Dr. Jatin Shah
Dr. Jatin Shah commented
Dentistry 39 years experience
Talk to your dentist , he may prescribe you fluoride tooth paste which has 5 times more fluoride than regular over the counter paste
Apr 7, 2013
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Fluoride: Any tooth paste that has Fluoride is good for decay.Make sure it approved by ada.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Family Medicine 37 years experience
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Toothpaste: This is a question for your Dentist.
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
May also consider an occupational therapist to help with the brushing and tolls to help the 92 yo with brushing.
May 30, 2015

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