As we age, it becomes even more important to maintain (or establish) healthy dental habits. The older we get, the softer our enamel becomes, making it more susceptible to cavities, tooth decay, infection, and gum diseases. At Advantage Dental Group, we care for patients of all ages and make it a priority to encourage healthy routines for our seniors over the age of 55.
The Best Dental Tips for Seniors Over 55
Choose Quality Products
As seniors over the age of 55, committing to a daily oral hygiene routine is essential. If you suffer from arthritis or other mobility issues, brushing and flossing can be difficult. We recommend getting an electric toothbrush with soft bristles and a water pick/flosser to help make this daily task a little easier.
Always Choose Fluoride
Just like when we were children, fluoride helps protect our enamel against bacteria. As we age, this becomes increasingly important. Choose a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth from decay and cavities. Your teeth don’t have any enamel below the gum line, and receding gums expose the vulnerable roots of your teeth to decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and using fluoride-enriched mouthwash will help protect the most sensitive parts of your teeth.
Add Mouthwash to Your Daily Routine
More and more Americans are being diagnosed with gum disease, and the percentage of adults over 65 with gum disease is approaching 70%. You can help protect yourself from becoming a statistic by adding mouthwash (specifically one with fluoride) to your daily routine. Antimicrobial ingredients in mouthwash help kill bacteria that cause devastating tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. Even using mouthwash at least once per day can have added benefits.
Prevent Dry Mouth
Water has numerous benefits for our bodies, but one of the best ones is for our mouths! In addition to brushing and flossing, drinking your weight in ounces of water every day can help prevent dry mouth. ‘Dry mouth’ is a side effect of many common medications, and it can have disastrous effects on your teeth and gums. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially after meals, and rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after you brush your teeth.
Make Sure You Get Calcium
Seniors over 55 are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that can affect teeth and jawbones. Doctors recommend taking calcium supplements to help prevent bone loss. Add magnesium for the added absorption of this essential nutrient.
Go to the Dentist
One of the most important tips for senior dental health is to go to the dentist! Many people over the age of 55 will need extensive dental treatment, but those who regularly see their dentist will have healthier teeth and gums and need less intervention. In addition, a dentist will perform routine oral cancer screenings to help catch this disease early.
During your check-up, the dental hygienist will also take special care to remove the hardened plaque and tartar that may be causing issues.
Dental Health Care for Seniors in Pueblo
At Advantage Dental Group, we provide comprehensive dental care for seniors. Whether you need a filling, a root canal, periodontal care, or dental implants, we’ve got you covered with a variety of dental services. Schedule an appointment today.