Taking care of our bodies is an important part of maintaining good health and in a similar way, taking care of our teeth is an important part of maintaining good oral health and hygiene. As we get older, keeping our teeth healthy can become a bit of a challenge as there are a few common problems that can occur with seniors. To learn more about some of the common dental problems amongst seniors and how try and avoid them, then continue reading this post.
Here is a list of few of the common problems that seniors should be aware of:
Tooth Decay – As we get older, the roots of the teeth become tender and at times can slowly become more exposed. Since more of the tooth is exposed, there’s more room for food particles to latch onto teeth. If teeth aren’t rinsed, flossed and cleaned properly, overtime plaque will begin to buildup on the teeth which will eventually lead to tooth decay or root decay. If you’re brushing, rinsing and flossing but still having issues, consult your dentists so he can possibly suggest some alternatives or even suggest using different products.
Dry Mouth – When the flow of saliva in your mouth begins to slow down, dry mouth can occur. Dry mouth can also be the result of taking certain medicines. If you are taking medicines and you experience dry mouth consult your dentist so he can maybe suggest some alternative medicines to take that won’t cause dry mouth. In some cases, dry mouth can be caused from certain cancer treatments. During some cancer treatments, when the radiation is used around the head and neck area it can cause the flow of saliva to be reduced. Sometimes the easiest and simplest way to help avoid dry mouth can be to drink more water, or chew sugar free gum but either way speak to your dentist so he can suggest some products.
Listed above are just two of the dental problems that can occur as part of getting older. As long as you brush, floss, rinse and schedule regular dentists appointments you shouldn’t have to worry too much. Should you have tooth decay or dry mouth, talk with your dentist about what can be done to solve the problem. Be on the lookout for another post that will discuss a few other dental problems that can occur with seniors.