Dental needs change as a person ages. The specifics of the care you received as a baby are much different than your needs as an adult. For seniors, there are certain things to watch out for and keep in mind with respect to dental routine and care.
For those with missing teeth, there are two main options to choose from – dentures and dental implants. While dentures are quite common for seniors, dental implants can often feel and look more natural than dentures can.
However, if dentures are a more viable option, be sure to see a dentist for proper denture care – especially if the dentures become damaged in any way. There are do-it-yourself denture repair kids at the pharmacy, but they only offer a temporary solution. Professional care if the safest route.
If reduced mobility and dexterity have become an issue, consider using an electric toothbrush. This will make brushing easier and will cause less stress on the arms. That way, you will be more likely to stick to an effective daily brushing schedule.
Dry mouth can easily affect people of all ages, but as we get older our mouths produce less saliva, and certain health issues and medication can further cause this. That means that senior mouths are more susceptible to dry mouth and a build-up of bacteria. Increased water intake is important, as is avoiding a diet high in salt.
Remember, you’re never too old to see your dentist! Regular check-ups and routine cleanings are still an important part of your dental care, and your dentist can keep an eye on any potential problems as you age. Some other issues to look out for may include loose teeth, tender or swollen gums, difficulty chewing, and halitosis.
At Southeast Dental in Markham, we provide personalized dental care for all ages. Contact us to book your appointment today!