What Special Oral Health Issues Should I Know About as a Senior?

Becoming a senior brings about a variety of changes in your life, and this is no different with oral health care. When you get to be a senior, brushing and flossing on a regular basis just isn’t always enough. Included in those issues are:

  • Sensitivity – As a person ages, sensitivity of the teeth can become more of an issue. Over time, the gums can begin to sink lower on the teeth exposing lower parts of the teeth that are not covered by protective enamel. An anti-sensitivity toothpaste should be used in order to try and control it.
  • Cavities – Because of the years of wear on the teeth, cavities tend to occur more often as you age. Regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and regular dental visits will help.
  • Dentures – Many seniors have or will have dentures which require special care. It is important to continue with regular dental visits to ensure proper care.
  • Dry Mouth – Because of medications, medical conditions, or just age, dry mouth is something that many seniors experience. If it is not treated, there can be damage to your teeth, so it is important to inform your dentist of the issue. They will then recommend different methods that can help to restore moisture.
  • Health Conditions – Health conditions that a senior can have, such as cancer, health disease, or diabetes can affect the health of your mouth. It is important to let your dentist know of any health issues you may have. This helps to give them the information they need in order to have a plan of action specific to your situation.

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