Oral health is an important component of your overall well-being. Unfortunately, it is a commonly overlooked aspect of senior health.
Here are 4 common oral health issues seniors face and ways to prevent them.
Tooth decay is common among people aged 65 years or more. Majority of seniors in this age group have had dental caries. Seniors may not visit the dentist as often as once did and this can make the caries go undetected and become worse. Regular dentist visits can make your cavities get treated early.
Problems, such as missing teeth, cavities, ill-fit dentures, gum disease, and other issues can cause difficulty in eating. This may further cause seniors to move to a diet which may not be always healthy.
Dry mouth is a common issue for many seniors. Saliva prevents tooth decay and many seniors suffer from a reduced flow of saliva, which may be the result of medication for chronic conditions. To avoid a dry mouth, it is best to drink lots of fluids and reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption.
Gum or Periodontal disease causes gums and surrounding tissues to become sore and results in pain when chewing. This may result due to poor brushing and flossing habits. It is important to see a dentist regularly who can help you combat these conditions early before they worsen and impact your quality of life.