Positive oral hygiene has many benefits which is why senior dental care is so important. Here are just some of the health gains of taking care of your teeth:
- Less chance of developing gum disease: Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in seniors. If you brush your teeth and floss regularly, as well as stay away from harmful substances such as tobacco, the risk of developing periodontal disease decreases significantly.
- Eliminates dry mouth: Doctors used to believe that dry mouth was just part of the aging process. But today, we know that isn’t true. Older, healthy adults should never have a problem with saliva production. Dry mouth can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste and speak while also increasing the risk of tooth decay and infection. To prevent dryness, drink water and avoid sugary snacks, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks as well as tobacco.
- Oral Cancer: The incidence of oral cancer is much higher in adults over the age of 40. Regular dental check ups are crucial to catch cancer early so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
- Fewer cavities: Although cavities (dental caries) can occur at any age, the incidence of cavities in patients older than 60 years old is twice that of a 30-year-old. This is why brushing your teeth and flossing twice daily, as well as making regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings, are so important.
- Keeps your teeth white: Through a lifetime consuming stain-causing foods and drinks, engaging in habits such as smoking and poor dental care, your teeth will inevitably lose their shine, allowing a darker yellow dentin to show through. Keep your teeth white and healthy by brushing and flossing regularly, maintaining a well-balanced diet and going for routine cleanings.
At Macleod Trail Dental, we are invested in our seniors’ dental care and we take time to understand your medical history. When needed, we are more than happy to consult with your medical doctors to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. We’re happy to direct-bill all insurance plans including Alberta Blue Cross and Alberta Seniors 101 plan, making your treatment as stress-free and easy as possible.
To learn more about our dental care services for seniors or to receive additional information on oral hygiene, contact our team at 403-253-1248 or email us at email@example.com. We’d be more than pleased to advise you.