Identifying 8 Oral Health Challenges for Seniors

Provided you are diligent in looking after them, your teeth and gums can look great and stay healthy for a lifetime. As you age, however, it’s important to realize that you may need to make a few changes in the way you care for your oral health. This is because advancing age can put seniors at risk for developing a number of oral health issues, including:

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The Oral Health Challenges

  • Dry Mouth—A chronically dry mouth can be a side-effect of medications taken, some diseases, and from cancer treatments that focus on the head and neck. A dry mouth is the result of an inadequate flow of teeth protecting saliva, and can lead to issues with teeth and gums.
  • Gum Disease—Seniors with anemia, diabetes, and cancer can be at a higher risk of developing this oral health problem. It can also result from a number of other factors including inadequate brushing/flossing, poor-fitting dentures and bridges, along with the use of tobacco products.
  • Tooth Loss—A leading cause of this unwanted condition is gum disease. Tooth loss can result in an uneven jawbone, difficulty in chewing food, inadequate digestion, and an inability to speak clearly and understandably.
  • Darkened Teeth—Years of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages can discolor and darken teeth over time, ageing and diminishing the dazzle and youthfulness of a smile. Hindered Ability to Taste—Age itself, along with medications, medical conditions and dentures can all have a bearing on developing a diminished sense of taste.
  • Stomatitis—The general term for a mouth experiencing inflammation and discomfort such as cold sores or cancer sores. It can have a negative affect on the ability to eat, talk, and speak and can result from a number of factors.
  • Root Decay—As gums begin to recede, the roots of teeth can become exposed to acid attacks and can develop decay, cavities, and can even lead to tooth loss.
  • Thrush—The common name for a mouth infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus. Individuals that have medical conditions or that take medications affecting the immune system are at a higher risk of developing this oral health problem, as are patients who wear complete dentures.

Good Oral Health Can Be Yours

Americans of all ages, including seniors can and should enjoy good oral health and benefit from regular professional dental care. Ensure that you adopt a good oral health routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your dentist in Hawthrone, NJ, every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.

If you need advice on looking after your teeth and gums, or those of a dependent relative or friend, or perhaps have questions about what options are available to you, please contact us right away. We can discuss your oral health needs, personal circumstances, along with your overall health and medications you are taking to diagnose the best way to keep your smile in tip-top-shape.

We have the expertise and professional services to help you achieve sound oral health, and a smile that is healthy-looking and attractive, no matter what age you are. Please contact us today!

How much of an impact do you think maintaining good oral health has on helping seniors feel and look younger and happy?

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