Oral care is an important part of the over all health care regimen for seniors. A special thank you goes to Dana Smith for this timely article about oral care. You can read more about Dana at the end of this article.
Despite the best dental and oral care efforts, time and age might compel you to be over cautious with your oral health. It is also a bitter truth that as we grow in age we become a little lax about our oral hygiene knowingly that this can affect our overall health. Seniors need to be more diligent about their dental health and there are an ample of reasons to do it.
- Elderly are prone to getting ailments like diabetes, oral cancer, stroke or a heart disease. Lack of proper oral care can infuriate the ailment or can increase the probability of catching such disorders.
- Osteoporosis is another threat to seniors where bone density in the elderly is badly affected. Though, the bone weakens due to hormonal fluctuations, but this greatly increases the threat of tooth loss. The teeth anchored in the jawbone might not be able to stay there for long if proper dental care is not performed.
What makes dental care difficult for seniors?
There are several reasons that can lead to the incapability of maintaining proper oral health in elderly. Many seniors have dentures fixed in the mouth that require a proper care and cleaning procedure. Due to lack of experience or fund, proper dental care is neglected by elderly. Another cause can be the health issues like the arthritis that makes it hard to brush properly. And, the most common reason can be the carelessness.
Here are some simple dental and oral care tips for the elderly to maintain a good oral health-
Flossing daily – What most elderly and youngsters forget is to floss on a regular basis. No matter, what’s your age, it is crucial to floss on a daily basis to maintain good dental health. Teeth of the elderly have seen more wear, so require more attention.
Healthy diet – Healthy diet is the key to not only good overall health, but also is must for a good set of teeth. Do not worry! If you were never a healthy eater throughout your life, it is the perfect time to start. Healthy eating and drinking is good for teeth, and adding some green and raw vegetables and whole wheat to your daily diet would be great. Eatable containing more sugar or starch is not good for your teeth, so it’s time to avoid these and moreover, cold drinks and alcohols.
Proper brushing – Brush gently twice daily and choose a soft bristled toothbrush to remove plaque from the gum line. People with dexterity problems can use an electric toothbrush to clean their teeth. These toothbrushes are really easy to use.
Cleaning dentures – Seniors with dentures must take proper care. You must clean the dentures regularly and make sure that you have all required cleaning products to do the same. Use of harsh materials and cleaning substances available at home should be avoided.
Upkeep dental visits – Despite taking above said precautions, a visit to the dentist for regular dental checkups is mandatory. Your dentist will ensure best services for your age and make sure your teeth are staying aligned and healthy.
Dana Smith is a Niche blogger who loves to write about hot and trending topics. She is currently working for Brilliant Smiles Bellevue dentistry.