Oral Health And Older Patients
- Posted on: May 15 2018
When it comes to dental care and those who are 65 and older, having a great smile takes a little extra attention. As we get older, the risk of developing cavities and other problems increases.
Wait! Did You Say Cavities?
That’s right. Cavities are not something that only happens to young children and adolescence as they learn how to take care of their teeth and gums. Once you reach your mid-60s, you begin what is known as the second round of cavities. The main culprit is dry mouth. Aging as well as certain medications and medical conditions diminish the amount of saliva that is in your mouth. Less saliva means more opportunity for bacteria, tartar and plaque to build up on your teeth.
I Have Dentures, So Aging Doesn’t Affect My Teeth
Having insufficient saliva in your mouth affects more than your teeth. Dentures do not fit properly in a dry, parched mouth. The appliances rub against soft tissues to cause irritation and sores. Food particles and bacteria can get lodged under the dentures, even when you used an adhesive to hold them in place. Other ways that dry mouth affects men and women with dentures is that the tongue and throat are dry, which can interfere with talking, chewing and swallowing.
Keep It Hydrated
Keeping your mouth moist throughout the day is the best way to prevent dental issues that are related to dry mouth. Make a new habit of checking your mouth for moisture. Keep water with you always and take a few sips every 30 to 60 minutes. Sugar-free gum is another great way to stimulate saliva production and keep your teeth, gums and tissues free of bacteria and other nasty things.
Speak with Your Dentist
Fluoride gels, sealants and varnishes can be applied to your teeth to give an extra boost of protection against cavities. You can also talk with your hygienist about ways to improve your at-home oral hygiene.
Learn More About Oral Health for Older Patients. Contact Dr. Robert Bankhardt.
To learn more about dental care for patients over 65 as well as dental implant crowns, veneers, sleep apnea treatment and our other services, contact Dr. Robert Bankhardt to schedule an appointment at our office in Simi Valley, California. You can contact us directly at (805) 584-1194.