As we age, many things begin to change. One thing that remains the same is the importance of your dental care. At South Hills Dental Arts, we’ve put together some tips on how to properly care for your teeth as you age to keep your smile healthy and brilliant!
Why Elderly Dental Care is Critical to Your Health
As your body experiences change caused by aging, it is crucial to see your dentist twice a year, the same as it was when you were a child. Aging makes you more susceptible to gum disease, dry mouth, and other chronic health conditions that increase these risks.
Based on statistics from the Administration on Aging and the World Health Organization, most adults over the age of 65 suffer from at least one chronic health condition, while many have multiple conditions. Some of these common chronic conditions include:
Back and neck pain
Many of these conditions are managed by taking medication that can cause dry mouth which leaves you at risk for gum disease and cavities. Periodontal disease and dental decay also have direct ties to heart disease and diabetes, so neglecting elderly dental care can worsen these conditions.
Healthy older adults are also at risk for cavities and gum disease since many older adults lose their employee health and dental care benefits. Even if they qualify for Medicare, they are only provided with the medically necessary procedures. Another option must be put in place to cover their regular dental care visits, so without easy access to dental care, many elderly adults skip their regular visits which increases their risk of dental problems.
Elderly Dental Care Tips
Gum recession and dry mouth are common conditions that may appear as you age. Each of these conditions puts you at a higher risk for dental issues such as gum disease and cavities since dry mouth reduces the amount of saliva present to wash away harmful bacteria. Here are some tips to help you save your smile:
Attend your dental checkups twice a year.
Make sure your dental implants, crowns, dentures, or bridges remain in good condition. Notify your dentist immediately if you have any concerns about their condition.
Search for an affordable dental plan to help you continue proper elderly dental care.
Ask your dentist if you can chew sugar-free gum after meals where you can’t brush your teeth.
Schedule Your Exam with South Hills Dental Arts Today!
At South Hills Dental Arts, we can help you with all your elderly dental care needs to help preserve your smile and help you maintain your oral health. Contact us today to schedule your next exam.