Dental Care for Seniors

Did you know that your dental care needs change as you age? These changes may be something you don’t notice as they happen gradually. We have outlined a few things that you may not realize are impacting you or someone you love’s oral care:

Movement

Loss of dexterity and arthritis make brushing and flossing much harder to do, which can lead to poor oral care. Lack of mobility also impacts a senior’s ability to get to the dentist and many time patients will miss appointments because of this.

Medication

Certain medication have dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth can lead to bad breath and increased dental decay. It is important to know the health impacts of medications and what you can  do to avoid any further problems.

Bone Health

Osteoporosis can weaken the jaw bone, which will have a harder time supporting teeth and can lead to tooth loss.

Dentures

Ill-fitting dentures can affect bite, cause sores, and harbour unwanted bacteria. It is important to have your dentist look at the way dentures fit in your mouth at every appointment as things can change.

What do to

If brushing and flossing become challenging the use of flossing sticks may help. Patients can also add using an antiseptic mouthwash as a part of their daily oral care routine.

Ensure that a senior you love can see the dentist twice a year. There are many cases where seniors decide to get all their teeth removed as a precaution for future problems. Is this something you want your loved one to do? Give is a call at 514.453.0830 and book your senior an appointment today!

Sources consumed
http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up


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