Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day! Unfortunately, advancing in age puts many seniors at risk for several oral health problems. Don’t let this happen to you.
Therefore, this is just one reason why it’s important to tell your dentist about any current medications you’re taking. Here are some common recommendations:
- Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.
- Talk to your dentist about changing medications or dosage.
- Drink more water.
- Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.
- Keep a humidifier somewhere in your home to keep moisture in the air.
- Avoid foods and drinks that irritate the dry mouth, like coffee, alcohol, or soda.
- Have your dentist apply a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.
Did you know that many older adults have gum, or periodontal disease, caused by the plaque buildup? This can irritate your gums, making them swollen, red and likely to bleed.
If Left Untreated
If you leave this untreated, your gums can pull away from the teeth and form pockets where even more plaque may collect. In conclusion, with regular dental visits, gum disease can be treated or prevented entirely.
Caregiving for an Elderly Loved One
Do you have a parent, spouse or friend for instance who has difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own? How can you help? Two things are critical:
- Firstly, help them keep their mouth clean with reminders to brush and floss daily.
- Secondly, make sure they get to a dentist regularly.
Talk To Your Dentist
Lastly, if your loved one has trouble brushing or flossing, talk to a dentist who can provide helpful tips. For those who wear dentures, pay attention to their eating habits. Are they having trouble eating or not as eating as much as usual? It could be dentures.
For More Information on Senior Citizen’s Day
Finally, if you’re looking for information on how to take care of your dental health, contact Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy. We would be happy to give you some everyday tips.
If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nick by calling 813.445.7162.