Senior’s Teeth – As We Gracefully Age!
Since we were young, we always hear about how we should take care of our teeth. As we grow older, we begin to understand why we should be taking care of our teeth at such an early age. Maintaining good oral health habits is important most especially because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth can harm not only your teeth, gums, supporting bone, but they may also be associated with serious medical conditions. Studies have shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems that are common in the elderly. Here are some of the common oral problems that the elderly experience:
Heavily filled teeth or teeth under bridges and crowns may look sound, but the nerves in these teeth might eventually become infected. When this happens, the dead nerve tissue within the tooth might become infected and toothaches can follow. The ideal treatment for this problem would be root canal treatment in order to safe and retain your natural tooth.
Older people are often more vulnerable to tooth decay and this is possibly due to a preference for sweeter foods, a decrease in saliva flow and/or one’s manual dexterity with their oral hygiene. Another factor would be lack of access to dental treatment. Tooth decay is largely preventable by reducing the frequency and quantity of sugar consumption and, of course, proper oral hygiene. If an older person eats only 5 times a day and brushes with fluoride-filled toothpaste at least twice a day, it would be difficult for tooth decay to develop. Food grazing without rinsing in between brushing and flossing throughout the day is also bad as this means there is sugar and acid against the teeth all day long.
Decayed or worn teeth as well as old fillings break down and they often leave sharp ends that the tongue plays with. This can lead to tongue ulceration which can be very sore. If you are experiencing this, have Dr. Marvin Lean smooth off the sharp piece as soon as possible.
Gingivitis (bleeding gums) is present in almost all mouths. Gum disease that causes a loose tooth, or bone loss requires treatment. Regular trips to Dr. Marvin Lean’s clinic increases the chances of having the level of gum disease assessed.
Did you know that ninety percent of gum diseases can be prevented by effective oral hygiene – this should include cleaning in between the teeth with dental floss. Food impaction can cause sore gums and flossing might prevent this.
These are just some of the dental problems that Senior’s may experience. Prevention is always better than the cure. A s we age, it is important that we take care of our oral health more. It is also a must to have regular trips to Dr. Marvin Lean’s office as this prevents your oral problems from worsening and developing into more complex conditions.
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