It is important to take care of your oral health at any age, but especially when you get older. As you get older, you are susceptible to oral conditions such as dry mouth, wear and tear, and root decay. If you are a senior, you are likely to have dry mouth because older adults get dehydrated easily, and also medications contribute to the conditions. Luckily, there are a few simple oral health tips you can follow as a senior.
Since dry mouth is common amongst older adults, it is critical that you drink water throughout the day. Having dry mouth makes you more susceptible to developing gum disease and cavities, so make sure to stay hydrated. You should avoid smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol which are proven to increase dry mouth. If you are on a medication that is causing your dry mouth, then ask your doctor to switch you to another medication.
Brush and Floss
It is critical that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once regardless of your age. When you are a senior, it is even more serious to brush and floss your teeth because you are more susceptible to developing cavities and other condition. Make sure to pick toothpaste with fluoride which is proven to help prevent gum disease. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup is necessary for seniors.
If you have dentures as a senior, it is critical that you brush them daily to remove any food and plaque that has built up throughout the day. You should also thoroughly clean them using a mild soap and water. Make sure to handle them with caution to prevent dropping and breaking them.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.