How Do I Maintain Good Oral Health in My Senior Years?

With age comes wisdom, as well as changes in the mouth and general health. The good news is that ongoing oral hygiene practices and routine dental exams can help maintain your healthy, confident smile. We, at Hebron Family Dentistry, are here to support your oral health every step of the way.

Common Dental Concerns for Seniors

Poor dental hygiene practices earlier in life, poor diet, and ill-fitting dental appliances can cause gum (periodontal) disease, as can health conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Gum disease left untreated can progress and damage the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, which can potentially lead to tooth loss.

Older adults are susceptible to developing decay and cavities on their teeth and root surfaces, especially if they have gum recession. Tooth sensitivity can also increase with age, as the gums recede over time, exposing parts of the teeth not protected by enamel.

Dry mouth is another common concern with age and can result from some health conditions or medications. If not treated, dry mouth can lead to tooth and root decay, potentially resulting in tooth loss. Moreover, osteoporosis can develop over time, with bones in the body becoming brittle and prone to fractures. When the bone density in the mouth decreases, the teeth may become loose and fall out.

How to Maintain a Healthy Smile in Your Senior Years

The best way to keep your smile healthy is to prevent oral diseases from developing. Make sure you maintain proper oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Maintain the function of your dentures or bridges by following the care instructions provided to you.

It’s important to limit the intake of sugary or starchy snacks and carbonated drinks and to refrain from using tobacco products. Make sure you drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist and consume a healthy, balanced diet, so you have the nutrients needed to maintain your oral health. Check your mouth regularly for sensitive areas, sores, or any unusual lumps or bumps. If you see anything out of the ordinary, contact our office for an appointment.

We encourage you to keep up with your regular dental exams even if you don’t have any teeth to allow us to monitor your oral health and any restorations.

Senior Dental Care in Hebron, KY

Visit Hebron Family Dentistry to learn more about the services we offer to support your oral health. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy smile for many years to come. Call us and schedule your appointment today!