With good daily oral hygiene habits, you can maintain the teeth you have for a lifetime! However, as you age your body under goes different changes. It is important to continue to take care of your dental health as you may be at risk for certain dental problems.
Elderly adults sometimes suffer from dry mouth due to medication side effects. This can be a result from cancer treatment or cardiovascular medications. No matter the cause, saliva is an essential to neutralize the bacteria and acids in your mouth. With dry mouth, you have less saliva and it can expose your teeth to more damage over time.
Gum disease affects 25% of adults from the ages of 65 to 74 years old, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If this is left untreated it can lead to gingivitis or serious periodontitis.
To stay on top of your oral health and avoid problems, continue regular check ups with your dentist. Professional cleanings help to remove difficult plaque and tartar build up which can lead to periodontal disease. Brush twice a day with a soft brush and continue to stay hydrated!
For more questions about senior dental care in London, contact us at Southwood Dental Studio today!
– Dr. Sanjay Agrawal