Introduction to Dental Care for Seniors

Dentures and old age: the combination is a stereotype that we usually think of as an inevitable part of senior life.

But despite what you may think, not all seniors lose their pearly whites in old age. With proper care and an understanding of how oral health works, you or your aging loved one can keep your smile for many years to come.

Through this series, we are going to discuss proper dental care for seniors, from some basic things you and your aging loved one should know, to how to properly care for your teeth, as well as denture care.

For today, we are going to focus on a few basic know-hows. Take a look below:

Some facts

Below, we’ve outlined some statistics in regards to tooth loss:

Brushing and flossing aren’t always enough

Brushing and flossing are an extremely important part of oral health care. However, proper oral health care does not stop there. Regular check ups with your dentist are also important, as they can properly determine the exact state of health that your teeth and gums are in.

Age is not the sole factor of poor oral health

Fortunately, as stated by WebMD, age in and of itself is not a dominant or sole factor in determining oral health. Other factors such as certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, which may make brushing and flossing difficult; anemia, cancer and diabetes; poor dieting; and certain medications can all affect our oral health. As such, it is important to be aware of these conditions and how they affect us.

Check back on Wednesday when we discuss how to properly take care of your teeth. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about the information we’ve outlined above. Feel free to give us a call. We’re always here to help!

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