Although taking proper care of your health is imperative for every age group, with growing age comes the problem of mobility and weak memory in such scenarios it became difficult to maintain good oral health. Thus it is especially important for the elderly and caregivers to obtain the support and information needed to maintain good dental health.
Why Senior Dental Care Is Important
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is the best way to eliminate harmful bacteria, otherwise harmful bacteria will accumulate, damage the teeth, and enter the bloodstream. This is true no matter how old you are, but due to poor oral hygiene, elderly people are already vulnerable to the same health conditions. By prioritizing oral hygiene, seniors and caregivers can minimize these risks and achieve the following goals:
Fight Heart Disease
If left untreated, gum disease may eventually lead to heart disease. This happens when the arteries start to swell due to a bacterial infection, restricting blood flow, and increasing the risk of a heart attack. Good oral hygiene will prevent this bacteria from accumulating and reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other fatal complications. Thus one has to be extra careful with oral health to prevent the risk of other diseases.
Boost Immune Systems
Aging weakens the immune system and leads to poor oral health. Fortunately, daily flossing will have the opposite effect and keep the immune system in good condition. The elderly are already more susceptible to infectious diseases, but poor oral health increases the risk of pneumonia and other life-threatening diseases. Only after flossing bacteria can the elderly inhale harmful particles into the lungs.
Prevent Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity is not inevitable. Fractures and worn-out tooth enamel can make teeth more sensitive to certain temperatures and tastes, but brushing can stop this process. Just don’t brush your teeth too hard, as this will damage your teeth or gums and cause sensitivity.
Prevent Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications, but it can become debilitating if no one pays attention. Insufficient saliva can cause loose dentures, tooth decay, and cause gum disease, it may be the result of other health conditions so it is important to check for the side effects of the medicines you took for curing other medical conditions.
Dental Health Habits For Seniors
Older people are more likely to have dental problems, but you can reduce the risk of disease by paying attention to your oral health. As you grow older, be sure to do the following:
Visit the Dentist Regularly
A professional cleaning will prevent rot and bacterial infections. It is important to schedule two or more dentist visits a year. These appointments also give your dentist the opportunity to learn about your oral health and detect problems early. Even if you wear dentures, the dentist needs to check your gums and make sure that the dentures are still effective for you.
Brush Twice a Day
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and make sure that each brushing process lasts at least two minutes. Turn off the faucet when brushing to save water, and consider using a timer or stopwatch to ensure that you do not rinse early.
Floss Every Day
Don’t forget to clean the space between the gums and teeth. This is where food particles and saliva accumulate, slowly damaging your mouth and the rest of your body. Preventing this problem by flossing every day is very beneficial and can actually increase your lifespan by more than six years.