Are you doing enough for your oral health as you age? If you're a senior, you may not be able to get away with the same old oral (mouth) care routine you had when you were younger.
As we get older, it's important to factor in a few extra variables. Not only can teeth become weaker as we age, oral care routines may become more difficult to perform, and, some medications can interfere with our oral health.
Having a regular dental health routine and routinely visiting your family dentist can allow you to enjoy the foods you love longer and prevent things like toothaches, tooth loss, and gum disease as you age. Discover everything you need to know in our guide to dental care for adults exclusively if you're over the age of 60.
Adults in their 60s will want to focus on preventative care and part of this is creating an oral hygiene routine and sticking with it. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and aim to floss once per day. Use a mouthwash to help clean the spaces your toothbrush might miss or be unable to reach. Sticking to a solid routine like this each day will help keep your enamel strong and go a long way in preventing damage down the road.
As we age and enter our golden years, it becomes more and more common to be prescribed medications to address a variety of matters; from blood thinners to antidepressants, it's important to know the effects your medication will have on your mouth and teeth.
For example, some medications lead to dry mouth which is a problem because saliva helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. As you take these medications, you may start to form more cavities. You can sip water or chew sugar-free gum to encourage more saliva production. Reduce the amount of sugar, especially sticky candies. Eat more vegetables and seeds.
Be sure to always tell your dentist about any medications you take so that they can make appropriate recommendations as to how you can remedy chronic dry mouth.
Conditions like arthritis may make it difficult for you to physically brush and floss your teeth each day. If you need help with your dental care, don't be afraid to ask for it. If you can't find someone to help, take your time with your oral care routine and consider using an electric toothbrush for seniors.
Regular trips to the dentist are paramount to dental health for seniors. Seniors are more at risk for developing health concerns such as oral cancer, tooth loss, and root decay. Your dentist can help you with any age-related oral health concerns and get you on the track to a healthier mouth.
Now that you know some things you need to consider as you age, you can start to make the changes you need to benefit your oral health. If you're in the Red Deer, Alberta area, check out the wide array of services we offer and schedule your next visit today!