Good oral hygiene and quality senior dental care offer many benefits. Here are just some of the benefits associated with taking good care of your teeth:
Decreased risk of developing gum disease
Did you know, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in seniors? You can decrease your risk of developing periodontal disease significantly by:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth everyday
- Avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco
- Regularly visiting a dentist for checkups and cleanings
Eliminate dry mouth
Doctors used to believe that dry mouth was a natural part of the aging process. But today, we know that isn’t true. Older healthy adults should not have issues with saliva production. Dry mouth can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste and speak. Plus, it increases the risk of tooth decay and infection. To prevent dry mouth, drink water and avoid sugary snacks, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as well as tobacco.
Reduce risk of oral cancer
Oral cancer rates are much higher in adults over the age of 40. Regular dental checkups are crucial to catch cancer early on. Therefore, you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
Cavities (dental caries) can occur at any age. Although, the incidence of cavities in patients over 60 years old is twice that of a 30-year-old. Therefore, it is even more important to brush and floss your teeth twice daily. In addition, make regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
Maintain whiter teeth
As you age, your teeth may inevitably lose their shine, allowing a darker yellow dentin to show through. Senior dental care helps you maintain whiter teeth and reverse damages caused by a lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and drinks, or engaging in habits like smoking and poor dental care. Keep your teeth white and healthy by brushing and flossing regularly, maintaining a well-balanced diet, and getting routine cleanings.