Dental Care for Seniors
North Americans are generally leading longer and healthier lives. Today's seniors are also enjoying good oral health, keeping their natural teeth longer than previous generations. The maintenance of good oral health is stressed throughout one's life. It remains a very important corner stone to good overall health and quality of life. Neglect of teeth and gums leads to infections in the mouth and throughout the body.
There is a growing amount of medical evidence that shows that the inflammation that results due to the infection in the mouth may be closely linked to other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and in severe cases can even lead to respiratory infection like pneumonia. But, by simply keeping up with regular brushing and flossing as part of your daily regimen, you can maintain good oral health. Ask your hygienist how to make your brushing more effective. Your regular dental hygiene visits are a further assurance to help screen for other serious diseases including oral cancer.
Follow the same simple rules that have supported you throughout your life including:
Maintain a daily regimen of brushing and flossing
Avoid tobacco or marijuana
Eat a healthy and balanced diet that incorporates vegetables and fiber-rich foods.
Strongly limit sugar intake.
Visit the dentist for your regular check-ups.
Please do ask us any questions that you may have with respect to your oral health and update us on any changes to medications that you may be taking. If you are caring for an elderly parent, ask about ways for you to support their oral health care. Visit your hygienist regularly for your dental hygiene procedures. It will help to keep your gums in good condition.
Dealing with the effects of disease and drug therapy, seniors may become more susceptible to oral disease such as decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Additionally, increased use of medications, physical and cognitive deterioration and changes in diet may begin to impact oral health.