Dental care should never be neglected, no matter your age. While many people associate tooth loss with ageing, many seniors now more than ever are keeping their natural teeth longer and that is partially due to practicing good oral health. Good oral habits can go a long way regardless if you have natural teeth, dental implants or dentures. Below we list some reasons why dental care is so important for seniors.
Oral Care And Your Overall health
Researchers have found a link between a number of diseases that can impact seniors' health. Undiagnosed periodontal disease can increase the likelihood of developing heart problems such as heart disease, respiratory disorder and even stroke.
What Are The Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease?
- Itching, swollen and bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Shifted teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding Gums
- Dry Mouth
Dry Mouth And Senior Citizens
Dry mouth is not only a symptom of periodontal disease, but it’s also an uncomfortable condition that is popular among senior citizens. It can be caused by medications or health treatments like radiation therapy that is usually undergone by cancer patients.
Sensitivity And Senior Citizens
As we age, so do our teeth and they may become more sensitive over time. Gums naturally recede over time, and ex[pse the parts of your teeth that are not protected by enamel. If you are experiencing sensitive teeth, you should try using an antigenicity toothpaste. If the sensitivity persists you should schedule a visit with your dentist because sensitive teeth could be a sign of bigger issues, such as cavities or cracked/fractured teeth.
Maintaining Good Oral Health Is About Prevention
The key components of maintaining good oral health are regular teeth maintenance (i.e. regularly visiting the dentist, and regular brushing and flossing).
For extra protection, we suggest the following:
- Get an antimicrobial mouthwash, which will help prevent and fight off periodontal disease.
- Get a water flosser or one-handle flosser to help you remove food or debris stuck in between your teeth.
- Get a powered wide handle toothbrush that will allow you to brush at the suggested 45-degree angle.
- Clean your dentures regularly (twice a day) with warm water and brush them with denture paste.
- Make sure that you are replacing your dentures every six to seven years.
- Track any changes in your mouth and make sure to bring up any areas of concern with your dentist.
For all of your oral health needs, look no further than Vancity dental. Our team of highly qualified dentists aim to help you get your oral care on track. Despite the current state of your oral health, we can help diagnose your concerns, and help you determine the best course of action. Contact us today!