Can You Make Oral Hygiene Easier When Caring for a Senior's Teeth?
Posted on 4/10/2019 by Clay Keith dds
Good oral hygiene is important at any age. Babies, the elderly, and everyone in between should be taking care of their teeth and gums, although certain challenges do arise during the golden years. If you are a senior and need some tips on how to care for your teeth, read on.
Find the Right Toothbrush
Brushing the teeth at least two times per day is the foundation for good oral health. For some older people, especially those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, it may be difficult to grip and manage a traditional toothbrush. In these cases, a large-grip brush or one that is electric or battery powered may be a good alternative.
Clean Dentures Daily
Many people don't understand the importance of cleaning their dentures regularly. After all, they assume that they are fake teeth so they don't require regular brushing like the natural teeth. While denture wearers will have a different routine, it is still important to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes cleaning the dentures and the inside of the mouth to prevent problems.
Fight Dry Mouth
Many seniors experience dry month. This is partially attributed to the natural aging process, but the medications that seniors take can also lead to dry mouth. This problem could cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath, so it is important that you treat it. We can help identify the cause of your dry mouth and a potential solution.
Regular dental checkups are just as important now as they were during your younger years. Professional dental cleanings will keep your teeth healthy, and they give us the chance to detect many oral health issues when they are in their earliest stages. By following these tips and contacting us to set up your next dental appointment, you'll maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.
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