Seniors and Oral Care
Practicing good oral care is important for all of us. But, for seniors, it takes on an even greater importance.
Seniors are more susceptible to developing health problems of all kinds, and oral health is no exception. As we age, we are more likely to lose natural teeth. Tooth loss can occur for a host of reasons, but sometimes it can be simply because of an inability to undergo needed root canal treatment. As a result of tooth loss, seniors frequently find themselves dependent on implants, bridges and dentures to maintain their quality of life.
It is critically important that seniors do all they can to maintain the health of their teeth and gums, even after these treatments. Seniors who have dentures and dental implants, in particular, are prone to cuts, scratches and infections on their gums, and, if left untreated, these issues can lead to serious health problems.
Infections that begin in the gums can enter the bloodstream, and lead to serious infections in other parts of the body, endangering overall health. To prevent such infections, it is essential that seniors have their teeth and gums checked regularly by their dentist and quickly address any issues that arise.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home is also important. Seniors should brush their teeth at least twice a day, and floss between their teeth and implants. Those with bridges, and especially dentures, should remove any debris that gets caught underneath. Dentures should be cleaned each day with a gentle cleaner. Denture wearers should also massage their gums and wipe them clean using a gentle cloth.
For assistance in developing your own home oral care routine, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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