What Senior Citizens Can Do to Help Keep Their Original Teeth As Long As Possible
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Bryan Neu
The aging process changes the body in many ways, but for some people, this leads to a negative impact on the mouth. Senior citizens need to take steps to maintain their original teeth as long as possible. These tips can help.
Increase Fluoride Intake
As you age, you need to take extra steps to maintain strong teeth. Fluoride is an important mineral in maintaining healthy teeth, so switch to fluoride toothpaste. You can also add a fluoride rinse to your oral care routine for an added boost.
Watch for Oral Changes
As you get older, your risk of major oral issues will increase, so it is important to be aware of changes in your mouth. Let us know if you notice any spots, lumps, thick areas, or red or white patches in your mouth.
Treat Dry Mouth
There are many medications and health conditions that lead to dry mouth. If you suffer from this affliction, it is important to treat it right away. Specialized mouth rinses can help you maintain a well-lubricated mouth. Tell us about any medications that you are taking so that we can help to prevent future problems.
Tobacco has been linked to a variety of oral and overall health issues. If you smoke, you'll be at an increased risk for oral cancers, not to mention heart attack and a host of other disease. Smoking also prolongs the healing process after dental work, and it is a leading risk factor for gum disease. Since advanced gum disease often leads to tooth loss, it is easy to see why avoiding tobacco is so important for good oral health as you age.
Regular dental visits are also important for seniors to maintain their original teeth for as long as possible. Give us a call today to set up your next appointment to ensure your optimal oral health.