Over the years, you may notice your dental health changing with age, and this is natural. Just like other parts of our bodies, teeth and gums demand a little more attention and care as we put a few more birthdays behind us. But, knowing what to focus on when it comes to your dental health as a senior can be easier said than done. To help you learn a little more about what you can do to improve your oral hygiene after 60, here’s some information.
Oral health issues that seniors face
While many oral health issues seniors face can happen to people of any age, those over 60 are at a higher risk. A few of the most common dental health problems are:
• Dry mouth due to medication side effects or reduced saliva
• Gum disease and tooth loss
• Denture-induced stomatitis
• Darker tooth color
• Health issues such as arthritis making it hard to brush and floss
There are other problems that can occur such as root decay, impaired sense of taste, and an uneven jawbone due to tooth loss without a replacement.
Dental health tips for seniors
The good news is that even though seniors are at a higher risk, there are a few ways that you can prevent problems and enjoy your dental health.
• Make sure you practice routine health care at home such as
flossing once a day and brushing your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that
• Schedule regular cleanings and exams at your dentist’s office.
• Ask your dentist if an antiseptic mouthwash is right for you
If you currently have any health issues that need to be addressed, make sure you schedule an appointment with a dentist to get these resolved.
How to improve your oral health today!
Lowes Island Dentistry is celebrating our seniors, and we invite you to join us! No dental insurance? No worries because you have options! Our Dental Benefits Plan is affordable and includes 2 cleanings and an exam for a year, and each additional service is 20% off.
To talk to us further about your family’s dental health or to schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 596-4206 or click right here.