Contrary to popular belief, tooth loss is primarily the result of preventable oral diseases and not the result of the aging process. Taking care of your teeth can help them last a lifetime.
Promoting Healthy Aging
As you age, your dental needs become more and more specialized, making regular dental visits even more essential. Some common problems are:
Gum (periodontal) disease. Most people don’t realize how important it is to take care of their gums as well as their teeth. Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissue that supports the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Most adults show some signs of gum disease.
Gum Disease Has Two Stages:
Cavities As we age, the gums can retract due to damage from brushing too hard or from gum disease. The receding gums expose the root surfaces of the teeth. The root surfaces are more porous and therefore more susceptible to decay than the crown of the tooth.
The oral health problems in older adults become very important because this stage of life has much impact on our quality of life and a bad state may be at increased risk of consequences that may worsen our health.
It is therefore essential that effective prevention programs be designed for this group of the population, which should not be based solely on treatment, but rather that prevention must be given great importance to avoid future complications.
Recovering the chewing function in the elderly is done, in most cases, using removable dental prostheses. These prostheses improve the quality of life of the patient since they can have a solid diet and also in many cases improves the self-esteem of the elderly person. These prostheses need care and maintenance that is important to comply with, and they must also be reviewed annually by the dentist to make sure that it is fulfilling its function and that it fits perfectly in the oral cavity.
Why Oral Health Is Increasingly Important As Your Birthday Age?
Oral health is a critical component of general health for all ages, but according to dental experts, vigilance is especially important for older people. Therefore, they warn that all health professionals should promote good oral hygiene in the elderly population. In a review article by doctors from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UConn Health), published in the ‘Journal of the American Geriatrics Society’ …
These Are Some Important Oral Care Steps For Older Adults:
– After every meal, brush your teeth.
– Renew their toothbrush every 3 months.
– Do not replace brushing with rinses.
– If you suffer from dry mouth, rinses without alcohol help. Sipping water, sucking on ice cubes, and a humidifier when sleeping will go a long way. And above all avoid alcohol and tobacco.
– Limit snacking between sugary foods and drinks.
Care Of Dentures For Oral Health :
– After each meal, the dentures should be cleaned with a brush and a little soap or toothpaste. The denture should be removed from your mouth when you brush your teeth.
– It is advisable to remove the prosthesis when you go to sleep, in this way the tissues of the mouth will rest.
– When the prosthesis is not placed in the mouth, it should be kept in water, to which disinfectant tablets can be added once a week.
Go To The Dentist Every 6 Months And Consult Him If:
– You have a wound or sore in the mouth that does not heal.
– You cannot chew with your prosthesis or it breaks.
– You have pain or mobility in a tooth.