Seniors and Dental Care

[ 0 ] March 25, 2015 |

Brush Your Teeth Everyday To Keep Dentist AwayDental care is said to be the gateway to your overall bodily function and health. Maintaining good hygiene and practices when it comes to your teeth is imperative to staying happy and healthy. This requirement of course, knows no age, so your teeth should be a top priority in regular daily hygiene at all stages in life.
For your convenience, we’ve outlined some common misunderstandings and questions surrounding seniors and dental care below.

Cavities

Many seniors wrongly assume that cavities are a thing of younger days, and sweets can no longer do any harm. This simply isn’t true, and your teeth are just as, if not more susceptible to cavities. As a child, you may not have been exposed to fluoride in the water and toothpastes, causing the risk for tooth decay to be higher. Dry mouth from aging, medications, and diseases can lead to tooth decay as well. As a senior, it’s important to understand this risk, and be extra vigilant in caring for your teeth.
Tooth Sensitivity
Aging adults may begin to experience the uncomfortable sensation of extreme sensitivity to both hot and cold beverages and foods. As we age, gum tissue naturally begins to pull away from the teeth, causing this sensitivity. Speak to your doctor for the best treatment available, however, usually simply switching to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth can solve the problem.

Oral Cancer
Seniors are at an increased risk for oral cancer, so ensuring you are taking care of your mouth, and checking for oral cancer at home (a quick daily mouth search for lesions or bumps) will be greatly beneficial in preventing or catching anything immediately. Smokers and frequent alcohol consumers are at a higher risk, so regardless of age, checking for yourself but especially ensuring your dentist does too is very important. Only a dentist can check the dark corners and only your dentist can recognize areas that may be of concern.
A common misconception is that if a senior has few or no teeth, visiting a dentist isn’t necessary. However, even if this is the case, it’s just as important for you to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to perform an oral exam, checking for signs of oral cancer, and overall health of your mouth. Diseases of the gums are just as likely to occur, so scheduling a regular and routine check up will be of great benefit to you.

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Difficulty Chewing

Some aging adults may find it increasingly difficult to swallow and chew their food. Reasons for this may be dry mouth from medication and/or age, a loose tooth, tooth decay, or badly fitting dentures. Some things you can do yourself outside of seeking professional help is choose foods that are low in sugar, salt, and fat, and high in protein. Ensuring you eat lots of grains, fruits and vegetables will help in retaining the healing ability of your gums and teeth. If you consume alcohol, try drinking in moderation.

We hope these tips have helped you in gaining a better basic understanding of how you can protect your teeth for a lifetime of dental hygiene. When it comes to seniors and dental care, ensure you do everything you can to keep those pearly whites healthy and sparkling! Contact us for a consultation or to book an appointment.

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