Senior Citizens and Oral Health

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Your health needs change throughout the stages of your life. Be that as it may, you still need to care for your teeth and mouth. As you get older, you are at a higher risk for gum disease, dry mouth, sensitive teeth, and cavities. In particular, older people are prone to cavities at the roots of their teeth. This is known as root decay or dental caries and it occurs as a person’s gums recede. Tobacco use will also contribute to gum disease and tooth loss and can lead to oral cancer.

Even though we may think of fluoride treatments as something for children and teens, adults and older people still need fluoride, which is available through fluoridated toothpaste and water supplies. People who wear dentures need to keep them clean on a daily basis, using a denture cleaning toothpaste and a soaking solution. Specially formulated mouthwashes, sugarless gum, and some sprays can help prevent dry mouth, and proper brushing and flossing will fight tooth decay and gum disease.

Just because a person has entered this phase in their life does not mean they can stop visiting the dentist. A person never grows out of dental visits. In fact, they are just as important as they have always been. People who have dental caries are at a greater risk of heart arrhythmia, and the dentist can spot and treat dental caries, as well as other oral health issues. Additionally, some medications can have dental side effects and patients should discuss their medications with the dentist.

If you are age 55 or older, your dental care should still be a top priority. If you are looking for a dentist who understands the importance of dental care for senior citizens, Dr. Kevin J. Reece would love to meet you. If you live in the Payson, Utah, area, you can call 801-465-4474 to make an appointment at Kevin J. Reece, DDS. We look forward to your visit!