As you grow older taking proper care of your health becomes more important – your oral health included. There are a few conditions to be aware of and discuss with your dentist at regular visits:
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Some medications can affect your saliva which is important in reducing tooth decay. Keep your dentist updated on any medical conditions or medications you’re taking.
This happens when the gum tissue lowers its position on the tooth, exposing the tooth root(s) and increasing your risk of root decay as there’s no enamel coating for protection.
Dry mouth, loose-fitting dentures and poor oral hygiene can cause a build-up of fungus resulting in oral thrush or inflammation under the denture.
Reduced taste sensation
While ageing impairs the sense of taste, disease, medications and dentures can also contribute to this sensory loss.
The outer enamel layer of your teeth may thin, and enable the darker, yellower dentine to show through. A lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages will also have an effect.
Dental care tips for seniors
- Gently brush your teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Take proper care of your dentures – rinse after eating and clean daily with a denture brush, mild soap and running water. If possible, leave your dentures out overnight.
- Limit your intake of caffeine.
- Reduce your intake of sticky, sugary snacks.
- Keep your lips moist by using a water-based lip moisturiser.
- If recommended by your dentist, use dry mouth products.
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