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Seniors and Oral Health

More people retain their own teeth to the old age nowadays as the access to dental and dental hygiene services is becoming easier and easier.

In fact, there's usually no reason for you NOT to keep your teeth your entire life, providing you maintain a healthy balanced diet and practice good oral hygiene.

Studies show connection between whole body health and your oral health. If you have periodontal disease it may affect your cardiovascular health, hypertension, diabetes and even contribute tostrokes. Indeed, medical research is beginning to show that a healthy mouth equates to a healthy body and a longer life. It is very important to have a regular dental hygiene visits at the interval that is correct for your gums status and circumstances. You can discuss it with your dental hygienist.

Dexterity and Arthritis

People who suffer from arthritis or other problems of dexterity may find it difficult and painful to practice good oral hygiene. Thankfully, industry has responded with ergonomically designed devices such as toothbrushes and floss holders/flossers that make it easier to grasp and control.

You can also use items around the house to help you. Inserting the handle of your toothbrush into a small rubber ball, or extending the handle by attaching a small piece of plastic or Popsicle stick may also do the trick. Power toothbrushes also come in different sizes and might be helpful.

There is so many poor quality products on the market. Your dental hygienist will help you to select the best products and devices to keep your mouth healthy.


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