Your mouth and teeth are aging too, and require the same amount of care as the rest of you. Taking care of your oral health is as important to seniors as it is to children. Here are some considerations:
- Gum disease. Three out of four adults over age 35 have some sort of gum disease. Infections, if they aren’t treated, will cause your teeth to loosen and fall out, especially if you have osteoporosis.
- Dentures. As you age, your mouth changes in shape and dentures need to be adjusted or replaced. Partial or full dentures require the same careful cleaning as your natural teeth.
- Dry mouth. Diseases and medical conditions, and many prescription medications can cause dry mouth which makes it difficult to eat, swallow, and speak.
- Oral cancer. If you are over 40, you are at greater risk for oral cancer. Even if you have no teeth of your own, you should still examine your mouth for oral cancer.
- Arthritis. If you have arthritis, you may find it difficult to brush and floss. Ask Dr. Geare for ways to overcome this problem. Certain products are designed to make dental care easier for those suffering from arthritis.
As always, the best way to continue to have good oral health is to visit Dr. Geare at least twice a year.