Edmonton Senior Health | March 17, 2023
Senior Dental Hygiene | Today’s seniors are maintaining more of their natural teeth than elders of earlier generations, which is definitely something to smile about. However, they should keep in mind that dental hygiene isn’t just important for dental health – it can also contribute to other factors such as a balanced diet, as well as influencing conditions like heart trouble, stroke, and diabetes.
As people age, they may find that their oral health begins to suffer. Conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke effects, and dementia can make brushing and flossing regularly a struggle. Further problems may arise from age-related concerns like dry mouth; this restricts the amount of saliva which aids in cleaning out food particles and preventing acid buildup – data from the Academy of General Dentistry supports this.
Dry mouth, an issue that is treatable, can be the result of disease, certain drugs or cancer treatments. Additionally, 95 percent of elderly people experience gum recession which leads to their tooth roots being unprotected and vulnerable to decay – meaning seniors are more prone to cavities than children. Consuming bottled or filtered water rather than tap water can further heighten senior citizens’ risk of dental decay due to the fact that such types of water do not contain fluoride which helps protect against it.
Keep in mind that seniors who wear dentures still need regular professional dental care. Hygiene tips for denture wearers include:
For more information on dental health, visit the Canadian Dental Association’s website.
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