Caring for Elderly Teeth is Different than Young Adult Teeth
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Karl Olson
Dental hygiene is important at any age, but your needs may change as you get older. By identifying some of the common issues that affect elderly teeth, you can take steps to protect your mouth in your golden years.
Make Good Oral Hygiene a Priority
Even in more advanced ages, good oral hygiene is a necessity. This includes brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day. If you find it difficult to care for your teeth properly due to arthritis or any other condition, please let us know. We'll help you to find adaptive aids and other techniques that will allow you to care for your teeth properly.
Have Dentures Inspected Regularly
If you or your loved one wears dentures, it is important to have them inspected regularly to ensure proper fit. Some older adults believe that they no longer need regular checkups as long as they can speak and eat clearly, but that simply isn't true.
During your visit, your dentures will be removed so that the health of the underlying tissue can be evaluated. If any sore spots exist, your dentures can be adjusted to correct the problem.
Treat Your Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a condition that often affects older people. When the salivary glands don't produce enough saliva, plaque accumulates, and the bacteria residing within the plaque can attack the teeth and gums. Certain medications that you may take to treat health conditions in your older age may lead to dry mouth, so it is important that you let us know what prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take.
Regular dental appointments are important in all phases of life, including once you reach your senior citizen years. Whether it is time for your regular appointment or you haven't been to the dentist in years, call us today to find out how we can keep your mouth healthy.
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