Dental Care for Senior Citizens
While getting older certainly makes us wiser, there is always more to learn when it comes to taking care of our oral health. That’s because as we age we are at increased risk for a number of oral health problems. Some of the oral health problems seniors might face include the following:
- Darker teeth because of changes in dentin (the bone-like tissue below the tooth enamel)
- Stomatitis (oral inflammation and ulcers) caused by dentures that don’t fit properly, poor dental hygiene, or a buildup of tartar
- Reduced sense of taste, either because of advancing age or disease, medications, or dentures
- Dry mouth, either from the natural aging process or because of treatment or medications
- Gum disease caused by plaque buildup, poor nutrition, tobacco use, ill-fitting bridges or dentures, or diseases such as cancer and diabetes
- Root decay because tooth roots are exposed as gum tissue recedes, and roots are more susceptible to decay
- Tooth loss from gum disease or other oral problems
Good Oral Hygiene Practices for Seniors
It is possible that seniors have more difficulty brushing and flossing because of conditions such as arthritis. Sometimes seniors take medications that might have a negative impact on their oral health. Daily brushing and flossing are important for everyone—especially seniors. Plaque that builds up and is not removed can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
It is important that seniors visit their dentist at least twice each year for examinations and cleanings.
Be sure to make your appointment with your friends at Longmeadow Family Dental Care now!