ELDERLY DENTAL PROBLEMS
Dental issues are one of the most common health problems experienced by elderly people. For a variety of reasons, people over 65 with natural teeth are more likely to experience tooth decay than any other age group, making a twice-yearly visit to the dentist crucial for their dental health. A lifetime of chewing, grinding, and just general wear and tear, medical conditions affecting the elderly, and medication use, combined with a decrease in dental care can leave many older adults at risk for oral health problems which may result in bleeding gums, inflamed gums, significant tooth pain, or a gum infection.
CAUSES OF ELDERLY DENTAL PROBLEMS
Older people naturally produce less saliva than younger people. A healthy amount of saliva is needed to clean the teeth. Additionally, because gums shrink with age, older people are more likely to have teeth exposed to decay or infection. Health issues such as poor vision, or arthritis that affects the movement of the arms, hands, and wrists can make flossing and brushing difficult. Dental issues can lead to poor nutrition, which, in turn, can lead to worsened dental problems.
COMMON ELDERLY DENTAL ISSUES
There are certain oral health risks associated with age. The most common among older persons are:
ELDERLY ORAL HEALTH CARE
Elderly dental health problems can be avoided through good daily oral hygiene. Prevention is key. If the elderly person does not feel comfortable with their present dentist, look for a dentist that specializes in senior dental care. A dentist visit every six months will provide monitoring to identify any problems as they arise.
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