Senior's dental care

Posted: Jan 19 2021

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:

Dry mouth

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.

Gum recession

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.

Oral thrush

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.

Darkening teeth

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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Visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups is the best way to help:

  • Keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Prevent future dental problems
  • Give a bright and more confident smile.
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Posted: Jan 19 2021

Disclaimer

The information contained here is of a general nature and does not take into account your personal medical situation. The information is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or used for therapeutic purposes. Should you require specific medical information, please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner. Health Partners does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them.

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