As we get older, we are more likely to develop oral and dental health complications, so especially at advanced ages, it’s important to be preventive and take more care of our habits and hygiene in order to keep the good health of our mouth. The Oral care for seniors is particularly important since they’re exposed to more complication and risks than younger people is.
The older people oral health seems to be more affected or threatened by different risks, as a consequence of any medical conditions they have that could also reflect its symptoms in the oral health. The use of some drugs to treat and take care of those medical conditions can also cause damages to the mouth and teeth. Another common reason why seniors tend to develop oral health complications is that they didn’t take the proper care of their mouth for a long time and now are seeing the consequences.
Therefore, age is not a factor that determines oral health, the medical conditions that a person have and the importance that gives to its wellness are the ones that make it more susceptible to suffering any problem. Keeping good habits and taking care of the hygiene of your mouth and teeth can help you avoid suffering oral and dental complications at any age.
Most Common Oral Health Problems:
The following complications are the ones that most affects seniors
Gum disease: this complication can be common in seniors that never had proper hygiene habits and present a large buildup of plaque on the gums and teeth. The tooth loss is also a problem that can affect seniors as a consequence of this disease.
Tooth sensitivity: the worn down of the tooth enamel, an excessively aggressive brushing or dental fractures can lead to this painful sensation that occurs when taking some beverages and foods.
Dental or root cavities: seniors that had a gum recession and which teeth roots are more exposed to bacteria are more likely to have dental or root cavities.
Stained teeth: the teeth can change its color and get darkened or stained as a consequence of consuming some foods and beverages, the worn down of the tooth enamel or by changes on the dentin.
Besides of this complications, there are a few more that can affect seniors and specifically result as a consequence of some medical conditions as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, immune disorders, etc.
Keeping a Good Oral Health is Possible:
Seniors may be more susceptible to suffer from different oral problems, in some cases, independently of the oral care they have. In spite of that, there are some tips to consider that can help to avoid suffering severe problems.
-Brush and floss your teeth daily, at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.
-Visit your dentist for a checkup regularly.
-In the case of presenting tooth sensitivity brush your teeth with a special toothpaste for tooth sensitivity. Visit your dentist in case the problem persist.
-If you use dentures follow the instructions of your dentist on how to care your oral health in this cases.