Oral Care in the Elderly
As we get older, several oral conditions that were not present when we were younger might develop. These are as follows:
*Dry Mouth – This can result from physical changes our body goes through as it ages. However, this can also be caused by certain medications. This increases the risk for oral disease since saliva helps kill bacteria and rebuild enamel.
*Gum Disease – Manual Dexterity issues, regular visits year round addressing travel issues to the office too.
*Root Decay – This is often accompanied by gum disease and might lead to an increased rated of decay as we age.
*Attrition – This is basically the wear and tear that many years of chewing and grinding has brought upon. When the enamel of our teeth wears down, the risk for cavities increases.
*Darkened Teeth – This is caused by a lifetime consumption of stain-causing foods and beverages. It might also be caused by the thinning of the outer enamel layer that lets the darker, yellower dentin show through.
*Loss Sense of Taste – Advancing age impairs the sense of taste. Medications, diseases and dentures also contribute to this sensory loss.
*Uneven Jawbone – This is caused by tooth growth and not replacing missing teeth, allowing the rest of the teeth to drift and shit into available spaces.
*Denture-Induced Stomatitis – This is caused by ill-fitting dentures and poor dental hygiene, as well as the build-up of the fungus Candida Albicans. This is the inflammation of the tissue underlying a denture.
Proper Oral Care
Increase Oral Hydration
If you are taking any maintenance medications, ask your doctor if there is any substitute for your medication – one that doesn’t produce dry mouth. If this is not a possible option, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol as this tends to dehydrate the body. You may also chew a sugar-free gum.
It is best to switch to fluoride toothpaste. You may also choose to incorporate fluoride rinse into your daily routine. This helps in adding prevention of plaque build-up and reducing the bacteria in your mouth.
Tobacco, in any form, has been linked to an increased risk for mouth and throat cancer, as well as heart disease and other serious conditions. Chewing tobacco even leads to more decay as many tobacco formulations contain sugar.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Prevention is better than cure – this has never been truer when it comes to your oral health. Since the elderly tend to be at more risk for infections, it is essential that you adhere to brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
Regular Dental Visits
The more you age, the more important it is to not miss out any medical or dental appointment. Dr. Marvin Lean and his team will help detect any oral diseases early if you are able to visit them regularly. This definitely helps in ensuring that your oral health is in an optimal state.
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