Today, seniors can expect to keep most if not all their own teeth. This makes it especially important to maintain regular oral hygiene habits and visits to a dental professional. As one ages, you can expect to make a few small changes in the way you clean your teeth and mouth.
If it becomes difficult to hold a toothbrush or to floss talk to your dental professional about finding an alternative that will work for you. There are modifications that can be done to make brushing easier for you.
Caring for Dentures (or false teeth)
Your false teeth need just as much care as natural teeth. To keep germs and infections away:
- Take your dentures out every night - brush (without toothpaste) and rinse them;
- Soak them overnight, in denture cleaner or warm water.
If there are any changes in the way your dentures fit your mouth you should see a dental professional.
Seniors and Cavities
If you have one or more of your natural teeth, then you still have a chance to develop a cavity. Seniors are more likely to have cavities develop around the root of the tooth. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of daily brushing and flossing throughout your lifetime.
Dry Mouth or Xerostomia
Dry mouth or xerostomia occurs when the glands that produce saliva stop working due to disease, medications or due to cancer treatment. This lower level of saliva or lack there of can increase the potential of developing cavities because your saliva is a natural cleanser in your mouth and helps to wash away bacteria from your teeth.
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