Dental Care for Seniors

Everyone of all ages should take care of their oral health. However, as you age, you may need to make a few changes in the way you care for your teeth and gums.

Here are a few things to understand how your needs change as you get older.

1. Gum Disease
Gum disease is the main dental issue that adults face and can progress slowly without any obvious pain. Plaque builds up on a daily basis; it is a clear film consisting of bacteria. In addition, these bacteria can cause inflammation of the gum tissue, resulting in gingivitis or gum disease. Thus, it is recommended to brush and floss on a daily basis to remove this sticky film of bacteria that can cause tooth decay

2. Cavities
Fillings can break down over time creating rough edges that will allow bacteria to creep in and allow decay to form. This may not be noticed until pain starts and/or until you have a dental exam.

3. Check-ups
Dental exams are important at all stages of life. It is especially important as we get older because things may change, which can have an effect on our oral health. The dentist looks for gum disease, cavities, loose fillings, broken teeth, infection or cancer. They examine for signs of other problems that could affect your general health. A regular examination will allow the dentist to make sure that small issues do not progress to larger, more expensive issues in the future.

4. Caring for Natural Teeth
At home care includes brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day in the evening before bed. In fact, an electric toothbrush is quite effective at removing plaque. In addition, it may also be easier to use if your manual dexterity does not allow for effective cleaning with a manual toothbrush. Furthermore, flossing aids that include a handle portion are also available for those that are unable to floss manually with regular floss.

5.Caring for False Teeth
It’s important to floss around any fixed false tooth. Whether it is a bridge or implant, you should ensure that bacteria does not harbour in these areas. We recommend to remove your dentures on a daily basis and clean them daily as well. Soak your denture in cleaning solution overnight and cleaned with a denture brush. Furthermore, you can also bring them in to the dental office for a cleaning.

Schedule an appointment with us today if it’s time for your check up!