The older you get, if you’re not careful, you can start to lose your teeth. But oral care is much more than taking care of teeth—it’s caring for your mouth and, if you get old and find it harder, means we have to work harder. Senior oral care is very important, so listen to this and don’t give up on your mouth just yet.
The Truth about Senior Oral Care
According to the WDSF, 75% of senior citizens don’t have all of their teeth. Similarly, severe gum disease affects 23% of senior citizens, which we all know is the leading cause of tooth loss. We also know that oral health has a huge impact on your overall health.
For example, poor oral health can lead to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes—which senior citizens are already at increased risk for, anyway.
It goes without saying that senior oral care is important, for the same reasons it’s important to you. Yet, it’s more health-sensitive. That is exactly why taking care of senior teeth should be high up on the list of priorities for anyone above the age of 60.
Tooth and bone loss
The greatest issue plaguing senior dental work is the issue of tooth and bone loss. The loss of teeth can be caused by several things, all of which senior citizens are more sensitive to.
We already spoke about gum disease. It’s when plaque and bacteria build up to the point of causing infection. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it’s easy to detect: red, swollen, and sensitive gums.
Senior citizens may also experience sensitive teeth at a higher rate. Something as simple as sipping hot or cold water can cause intense pain.
Senior oral care tips
The fact that senior citizens are more sensitive to these sorts of issues means they should be seeing the dentist even more. Here are some excellent senior oral care tips for every senior citizen to consider:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Make sure to floss
- Go easy on the sugar
- Visit the dentist regularly
If you have dentures, the same steps apply. Just make sure to clean them thoroughly just like any teeth because your gums are still vulnerable.